To the runners, the HIIT trainers, the weight lifters and the yoga lovers we say, if there's one sure-shot way to amp up your summer workout, a neat pair of headphones that play your favorite tunes would have to be it.
Studies suggest that listening to music while exercising can improve your mood, make you want to increase the intensity of your routine, and can even lengthen the duration of your workout.
And while you could've bought just about any pair of headphones, for those who work out, there are a few things to keep in mind before picking up a set:
- Sound clarity, because being glued to your headphones for that 45-minute session with too much bass, treble or noise can ruin the experience and impair hearing, too.
- Sweat-resistance, because you don't want the earbuds slipping out of your ear every 10 minutes.
- Tangle-free cords, because it's so annoying when the wires bunch up under your face or you have to waste minutes just sorting through that web.
- Padded headset, because those earplugs start to hurt after a while and can leave you with headaches and ear pain.
Based on the above, we've created a round-up of the best headphones to rock your summer workout. These babies are high-tech, low-maintenance and uber-cool to look at.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit
Extremely durable, these wireless headphones with Bluetooth compatability for handsets are sweat proof and can withstand rain.
Designed appropriately for workout junkies as the frame sits on the ears with only the earphones fitted to go inside, Plantronics BackBeat Fit is definitely carved for a comfortable fit.
You have play controls on the headphones and can take and make calls, too. They come with an armband accessory that doubles up as a protective case for the Backbeat Fit when you're on the move.
And last but not the least, these babies are ideal for those who like to work out at night or during the short winter days because the headband lights up in the dark. For $129, you can buy them here
A favorite among fitness enthusiasts who are constantly on-the-go, the Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones slip easily into your ears and are cushioned for comfort.
Perfect for those who love some bass, the headphones work on a unique mechanism where only the earbud and earphones section produce sound. This means that the earbud sends indirect sound to the canal while the earphone produces treble that goes directly to the ear canal. The audio clarity is at par with what the large over-the-ear headphones in the market can produce.
Built to resist sweat and withstand rain and snow, the only limitations are that they're not soundproof and have no microphone for those who like to be able to attend calls while working out. For $99, you can buy them here
For just $29.99, these budget headphones are an absolute steal and deliver high on the performance scale. They have a deep bass and good sound clarity thanks to the in-built magnetic structure of the headphones.
The Koss SportaPro is light-weight and collapses to a minimized travel-size so don't be intimidated by its appearance.
Best-suited for runners or joggers, the foam-covered ear cups capture environmental sounds so you don't have to worry about a car sneaking up on you.
With an adjustable headband that can be fitted to go over or behind your head, the only negative again would be the lack of a microphone but honestly, we don't endorse being on the phone while running outside anyways. Buy them here
Go wireless! Jaybird X2 is stylish, transmits music with clarity, and minimizes the noise from your surroundings.
As with other high-end headphones, you can answer calls using the X2. What makes them different is that you can regulate the equalizer to improve bass/sound clarity/treble, the snug fit is sweatproof and won't slip while you're running, the cushion padding sits comfortably in the ear, and the wireless can be exploited for eight hours before you have to recharge.
The ultra-neon color and the studio-like audio is a funky way to tune into your music while you're working out. The Jaybird X2
is a pricey $179.95, but totally worth it.
Maxell AMP-B Amplified
Are these the coolest headphones? Well, not exactly. But to be honest, at a price point of $29.99, they've got great noise cancellation and are perfect for when you're in the zone and want to tune everyone out (like when you're strength training or doing an HIIT session).
The soft padded on-ear frame is supported by standard materials (read: not luxurious) to fashion the headphones. However, the bass runs deep and these sound capsules are pretty neat on sound clarity for budget headphones.
Once you're done, the collapsible structure lets you fold them down to fit easily into your gym bag. Buy them here.