Listening to music while exercising can make you feel like you’re in that training montage from Rocky, and music can actually improve the quality of your workouts. Music amps you up, improves your focus, and keeps your mind off other distractions. Finding music to get you going isn’t that hard, but picking the right earphones to listen to music can be challenging.
There are a lot of reasons regular earbuds or even Airpods aren’t ideal for working out. Cables can get in the way of your body’s movement, while Airpods don’t hold as securely when you’re doing high-intensity activities. Plus, earbuds have to be water-resistant enough to take on a serious level of sweat (gross, but true).
Workout earbuds are specifically designed to tackle these concerns. The best ones are made of a water-resistant rubberized material, and they have hooks to wrap around your ears or a short cable to keep the buds together but out of your way. Even better, these Bluetooth workout headphones pair easily to your phone, so you can listen to music or even take calls while you’re on that treadmill or rowing machine.
You wouldn’t wear a pair of dress shoes to the gym – why use your regular headphones while you can use ones that are specially designed for workouts? We’ve found a couple options that are comfortable, offer a secure-fit and are easy to use, so you can focus less on getting caught up in cables and connectivity, and more on getting fit.
1. LETSCOM Bluetooth Headphones
These sport headphones come in a variety of vibrant colors, but we’re partial to the sleek but statement-making black and red. All the buttons you need are on the buds, including a multi-function play/pause button and volume/skip controls. Plus, it has CVC noise-cancellation and is IPX7 waterproof, meaning it can withstand sweat and splashes, and can even be submerged in water up to one meter deep for 30 minutes without damage.
Pros: Has volume controls and play/pause on the buds, built-in mic.
Cons: Some found the audio playback too bass-heavy.
2. TBI Pro Sport Headphones
Like the other options, these headphones have IPX7 water resistance and a variety of controls on the earbuds. It utilizes Bluetooth v 5.0 for a more stable connection from farther away. At 12 hours of rechargeable battery life, these headphones are the longest-lasting of the options on this list.
Pros: 12-hour battery life, Bluetooth 5.0, comes with a case, good sound quality.
Cons: Some found them uncomfortable.
3. Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones
Mpow offers a range of well-reviewed and highly affordable electronics. Like the other options, they have an IPX7 waterproof rating, CVC noise-cancelling technology (to block out distracting ambient noise), and a built-in microphone. The buds have memory foam for comfort.
Pros: Decent sound quality, comes in a case with extra plugs and cushions, as well as the charging cable.
Cons: Has a distracting bright LED indicator.