May 07, 2015 2 min read
If you're into working out, running & exercise-specific headphones are a key part of your fitness gear.
Exercise headphones are made to withstand the rigors of active movement, sweat and harsh weather.
Better yet, great exercise headphones will keep you pumping to the sounds of your favorite music!
So here's what to look for finding your ideal exercise headphones -
Secure Fit: Bottom line - your headphones must stay secure and stable on your head no matter how hard you get after it. Look for ergonomic designs including in-ear, clip style and closed-back/sealed headphone types. Some new exercise headphones are wireless designs. Otherwise, look for short flexible cords to ensure easy tangle-free mobility.
Highly durable: Workout and running headphones must be hold up in extreme conditions. Many workout headphones are made of extra-tough reinforced materials, are sweat/moisture resistant and include highly flexible cables. You'll also find many travel-friendly models you can throw into the gym bag or grab for the treadmill.
Bluetooth & Microphone features like found in a mic'd headset headphone or an in-ear model offers the flexibility to answer phone calls or skip tracks, while wireless Bluetooth delivers blessed freedom from cables.
Noise blocking or not? If you exercise outdoors, it's usually critical to hear noises around you which means a clip-on, earbud or an open-back headphone style for outdoor sports. Of course, not wearing headphones at all is probably the safest bet for active outdoor sports where you need to keep your head on a swivel!
Indoors is a different story - you may need to drown out screaming children or bad gym music. An in-ear or closed headphone style will minimize ambient environmental noise or distractions at varying levels of isolation. You'll also be able to hear your music or media clearly at safe listening levels since you won't have to turn up the volume to overcome environmental noise.
Here's a list of some popular exercise/running headphones.
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