The perfect soundtrack makes an okay run into a great one, but not without the right equipment. Our fan in the UK, Will Tottle, shares some of his expertise in a guest post about choosing the right headphones.
Choosing headphones for working out and running can be pretty tricky and require a lot of thought, especially considering the number of factors that could affect your headphones and overall experience. Things like the sounds quality, price, and durability are things that can make the decision process that much harder.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. All you need to do is think about the kind of headphones you want: the style, the fit, everything that would make them perfect for you. Don’t be afraid to test some out.  Your perfect pair of headphones are waiting, and here are a few tips to help you through the decision process.

#1 Buds or phones?

The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you want earbud or headphones for working out and running. Some people find headphones a bit sweaty and slipper, while others find that extended use of earbuds can cause discomfort and an increased risk of spots as a result of the collection of sweat. Try on a few pairs of each type to figure out what you like best.

#2 Bluetooth

You need to ask yourself if you want Bluetooth or not. It really is paving the way for the future with its wireless headphones and ear buds. The best part is that they sit really comfortably and you don’t need to worry about the wires hitting your chest as you run.
Not only this, but there are no longer any reasons for you to stop and fiddle with your phone as they come with remotes on the side so that you can control music/volume and even answer calls.

#3 Resistance

Waterproof, water resistant, and sweat proof headphones can be a really integral part of the headphone selection process. If you are triathlon training or bound to be running in pouring rain, then you will need a pair of these.
Sweat proof ones are less likely to fall out of your ears/off your head while you run and are protected from any damage that could be caused by your sweat. They are a safe and sensible purchase to make.

#4 Sound Quality

The headphones you choose should have a clear sound, and if you feel like spending a little extra, come with a smooth bass. Good sound is vital to a good run, the music is what helps to motivate you and keep you running to a steady beat. Clear sound means an effective and worthwhile workout.

#5 Durability

A final word of advice is to buy a pair of headphones that you know will last. It’s all well and good to buy a cheap and easily breakable pair, but you end up spending more in the long run. A good pair of headphones will cost a little extra, but you know they will last you years as opposed to six months.
A pair of headphones that are durable and sturdy should be able to survive life in a gym bag and being thrown around a little without an effect on their overall performance.

About the Author

Will is a freelance writer, his blog can be seen here . If you are interested in more information on headphones for running, be sure to check out Will’s audio guides here .
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Thanks, WIll!
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