The Best Headphones for Exercise

The Best Headphones for Exercise

All too often, it’s a real struggle to muster up enough energy to exercise. That’s where music comes in—it’s scientifically proven to be motivational before and during a workout. Arm yourself with the right kind of headphones to blast those tunes through and you just might find yourself spending extra time at the gym.

Bose FreeStyle Earbuds


Bose is well known for producing high-quality speakers and noise-canceling headphones, and the brand’s earbuds are no different. That clear, full-range sound is what sets the FreeStyle apart from the pack, although the earbud patterns and contrasting cord colors (blue/white or indigo/green) are pretty neat too. You might want to pick up the silicone StayHear tips, which secure the buds to your ears, if you do lots of running or other full-body cardio.

PLAY X STORE Stereo Wireless Bluetooth Sports Earbuds In-Ear

Wireless bluetooth

Bluetooth earbuds are always a blessing, but especially during a run or a workout for the very simple reason that they eliminate cord tangle. In addition, the Play X Store’s Bluetooth-capable in-ears will last you up to 10 hours without needing to be recharged. One more handy feature: Thanks to built-in magnets, the buds will click together for easy storage when you’re not using them.

Jabra Rox Wireless

Jabra Rox Wireless

For a Bluetooth option with superior audio quality, look no further than Jabra’s Rox earphones. Inline controls mean you can tuck your phone away and still change the track or volume. The only drawback is that although you get a higher quality of sound, you get a bit less battery life (five to six hours) compared to the Play X Store earbuds. Try these if your priority is how the music sounds.

Gibson Innovations Trainer TH100/27 Sports Headphones

Sports headphones

Not a fan of earbuds? Neither is Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who designed this brand-new over-ear model. (If the name doesn’t ring a bell, you might recognize him as the fastest man in the world.) At $250, they’re not exactly a steal…but they are wireless and of the highest quality when it comes to sound, stability, and sweat-resistance. Pretty much the only thing they don’t do is make you run as fast as Bolt himself.

Smarterbeanie Smarter Headband


A headband and headphones, all in one. This Bluetooth-capable option from Smarterbeanie also has moisture-wicking properties, making it ideal for keeping you cool during marathons and other races. How has no one thought of this hybrid sooner?!

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