May 11, 2022 - 3 min read
For diehard runners, there is nothing like the endorphin rush that comes from pounding a 5km run, feeling the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. But if you need help getting motivated, some good beats (to run in time with, and with lyrics that drive you forward) could be the key. That means investing in a great pair of running headphones – the perfect workout buddy.
When it comes to running, it’s different strokes for different folks! Similarly, when it comes to selecting sports headphones, there are many different types to choose from. There’s no right or wrong choice, just the pair that’s right for you, your ears, and your style of running.
If you’re running outdoors, you’ll need headphones that allow some of the noise from the outside world in so you can stay aware of other people, cars, trucks and your surroundings - and stay safe.
If you’re running indoors on a treadmill, which are perfect for runners who prefer to keep out of the elements, then you might want headphones with either active or passive noise-cancelling so you can reduce background noise, hear your music better, or simply focus on the rhythm of your breathing in silence.
According to Christos Boukogiannis, The Good Guys Buyer – Sound, comfort is a key factor when selecting exercise headphones. “However you run, it’s important you have headphones that fit well because you’ll want to focus on the burn, not on pushing ill-fitting earbuds back in. Depending on your personal preferences, that might mean ear fins, ear hooks or on-ear headphones.”
Whether you’re training for a 100m dash, or an ultramarathon, these stand-out headphones will help you keep motivated and push past your limits.
Jaybird excels at making wireless headphones for serious runners; the types of runner who need support vehicles because their runs last a couple of days. The ear fins on these Tarah wireless headphones fit most ears really well and the 14-hour battery life will be more than enough for most people. Plus, with an IP7 rating, they’re the waterproof headphones you need to keep running in rain, hail or snow.
With 15 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charge yielding a full hour of battery (in case you forget to charge at the end of the week), the Beats Powerbeats are suited to all activities, from daily commuting to running. Because of the comfortable ear hooks, these are guaranteed to stay on the vast majority of ears, no matter how enthusiastic your sporting pursuit is. For a similar form factor with no wires at all, check out the Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones.
If true wireless is more your speed, Bose has some of the best-fitting ear fins in the business when it comes to this style of earbuds – and they deliver spectacular sound quality, too.
Whether your budget is more modest, or you’re just looking for a pair of headphones you can plug in at the gym and then toss into your gym bag, these Sony Sports Headphones are amazing value at under $50. They’re also ready for rain, hail or spray, thanks to their splash-proof design, so you can run with them in all weather conditions.
If on-ear headphones are more your style for exercise, then look no further than the Beats Solo3s. They’re comfy, they offer great sound, and the 40 hours (!) of battery life should be more than enough for even the most dedicated fitness fanatics.
If you’re wanting to take your running to the next level, then good headphones are just the first step. For wet-weather training days, having a treadmill at home will mean you have no excuse not to get your run in for the day.
Plus, a good fitness tracker means you can chart your progress and see which times and routes suit your style best with accurate metrics. Some trackers also support advanced features like heart rate coaching. The Apple Watch Series 7 is perfect for iPhone users, particularly when paired with the Apple Fitness+ Time To Run feature. For Android users, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is your new best friend.