We all know that listening to music can make workouts more effective – multiple studies have found it creates an increased sense of motivation, distracting the mind while increasing the heart rate.
But, if you’re exercising in the great outdoors, you’ll need to take your music with you. And, there’s nothing so frustrating as your headphones falling out while you’re running. That’s why choosing the right pair of specialist sports headphones can make all the difference to your training regime. Here’s our pick of some of the best.
Denon Exercise Freak
If money is no object, the Denon Exercise Freak earphones, which will set you back £150, really do provide a clarity of sound that is simply sensational. Available in Yellow, Black and Blue, they are sweat proof and feature stereo Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity along with an integrated amplifier. There’s a seven-hour rechargeable battery which should be enough for even marathon workouts.
The big strength of this pair is their superb ability to block out any distracting sounds. They’re great for even extreme sports because of their revolutionary SportClip design, which gives a secure and comfortable fit. You can wear these with helmets, glasses or goggles. Sweat proof and washable, these are£80 from monstercable.com
At a budget-friendly £26, these are surprisingly comfortable for the price and they won’t budge from your ears because of the over-the-ear clips included in the design. They’re obviously not hi-fi perfection but, for this price, they are good value. The sound they offer, however, is on the quiet side so if you do like your music very loud, they may not be the pair for you.
BOSE SIE2i sport headphones
Using TriPort headphone technology, Bose’s earphones deliver a wide-ranging sound, including the deep, natural lows that give your music its pulse. It means you feel motivated without being closed off from your environment – a must for safety reasons when you are running outdoors. They are also sweat and weather-resistant meaning they will stay securely in place. Available in green or orange. £129.95 from bose.co.uk.
Costing just £7.99 from amazon.co.uk, these are definitely aimed at the budget end of the market. With an ergonomic design, they do stay put, offering a good fit and comfort for the money. They also resist sweat and water when you exercise. Available in either black or orange, they are powerful enough for whatever you choose to listen to. The sound is, however, a little tinny.
Sennheiser PMX 685 Sports
Designed in conjunction with Addidas, these headphones have been tested extensively for ergonomic fit, durability and reliability. A good mid-range option, they have protection against perspiration and pouring rain. They give the best of both worlds, allowing you to be aware of traffic in a built-up environment, but delivering a great sound and excellent fit. £35 from iheadphones.co.uk
So, with studies suggesting listening to music boosts the effectiveness of your workout by up to 20 per cent, buying the right pair of headphones may just help you get that little bit more out of your exercise regime.