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10 Best Running Headphones to Enhance your Fitness Experience

10 Best Running Headphones to Enhance your Fitness Experience

Who doesn’t like the sound of music running through their ears while jogging early in the morning! Or listening to your favorite tunes while doing one of those tough routines in the gym. Definitely, it gives you a pleasant feeling and ups the fun quotient of the whole session. Having the perfect pair of earphones enhances your fitness experience.

There are a lot of factors that should be taken into account while selecting the best earphones for our personal use. These include the audio experience, sweat-resistance, wireless/wired and perceived comfort while running with them.

Let us take a look at 10 headphones/earphones which we think, are worthy of being your gym or your jogging companion.

1. Pioneer SE-E721

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    This headphone is reasonably priced at and comes in four different colours and four sized ear tips. It may look tough but it’s much lighter than anticipated. There is no fear of this headphone falling off while running, as its “Active Fit” ensures that the earbud nozzle fits perfectly inside the ear to make it fully secure.

    Ergonomics has also been taken into account; the “skull fit” design doesn’t cause any discomfort while wearing it. The sound output may be bassy, but treble-wise the results are satisfactory. Probably the best running headphones you can purchase economy-wise as well as performance-wise.

    2. Yurbuds Inspire Limited Edition

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      This headphone is also rock-solid when subjected to the constant up-and-down while running. It utilizes the Twistlock technology, meaning that it fastens strongly, though it might take some time to position initially. A rugged Kevlar cable makes it easy for adjusting volume, change songs or receive calls.

      The only con would be the sound. This would bother runners-cum-audiophiles, as the bass is barely audible and the sound lacks a certain oomph. Other than that, the headphone is durable and perfect for running, be it the bumpiest trail, you can be assured that this headphone won’t fall off.

      3. Jaybird Bluebuds X

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        It comes with sweat and water-resistant earbuds connected by one cord to a remote control that rests behind the neck. Finding the right fitting pair of earbuds can be an exercise in patience, and securing the cord can be frustrating.

        The sound, on the other hand, strikes the right balance bass-wise and treble-wise. The 8-hour battery life for Bluetooth use is satisfactory and if only the fit would have been more secure, these would have been one of the best wireless options around.

        4. Monster iSport Victory

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          This monster is quite expensive, but use it once, and you already know the cost is justified. This headphone is perfect for running. Waterproof, secure earbuds and great sound. The noise isolation works like a gem and doesn’t let any outer sound in.

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          You can get lost in your own personal world while running or stay away from any horrible music playing in the gym. The sound may be bassy, but its detail and clarity are abundant. The ControlTalk in-line mic has iOS support and delivers nice sound for hands-free calls. Might be expensive, but like we said, the performance really delivers.

          5. Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless

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            This one may also be expensive but is definitely worth it. Wireless and the earbuds sit perfectly in your ears. One cycle of charge from the micro-USB port gives you four hours worth of battery life.

            Plus, the coolest thing is the heart rate monitoring. The data is pretty accurate and can be transferred to the Pulse Sport app. The sound is perfect, and will please all kinds of audiophiles. It’s certainly one of the best Bluetooth running headphones out there.

            6. Bose SoundSport Wireless

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              Bose has always been a leading name in the audio world. The SoundSport Wireless may fall in the expensive category, but what you get won’t disappoint at all. Audio performance is brilliant, with great bass and clarity. The fit is secure and earbuds are very comfortable.

              This may be charged using a micro USB cable, which takes two hours and the battery life is roughly six hours. Bluetooth connection can be easily established and is fairly stable. The only drawback may be the price, but other than that, this is truly one of those earphones which should be on any runner’s radar.

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              7. Samsung Gear IconX

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                The Gear IconX by Samsung simply consists of two earbuds packaged in a cylindrical charging case that is very easy to carry around. It can act as a standalone mp3 player. Its other features include having a water-resistant coating and very clever touch controls.

                There are no buttons in play here; all you have to do is tap and swipe on the touch-sensitive area of the buds to turn up music, answer calls or change songs. Very convenient indeed.

                8. Jaybird Freedom F5

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                  The Jaybird Freedom F5 wireless earbuds are tiny making it very easy to handle. The metal construction makes it very tough and durable. The solid sound quality is backed by a smartphone app with easy-to-use equalizer controls, and an attachable battery clip with a charging connector. There are many color options to choose from, which only adds to its charm.

                  9. JBL Under Armour Wireless Headphones

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                    This product is the joint venture of Under Armour and JBL, one of the leading companies in the audio industry. The sound quality is, therefore, undoubtedly great. The earbuds use TwistLock technology and remain in place even in the most challenging trails.

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                    Eight hours of battery life, sweat-resistant build, a handy button mic handling volume, music/calls and access to MapMyFitness app, make it more than worthwhile to spend money on this wireless wonder.

                    10. B&O Play H5

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                      The best thing about this is its design, a beautiful amalgam of aluminum, fabric and rubber. At only 18 grams, the earbuds do not budge once they are placed in the ear.  The earbuds are connected with a braided cable, aesthetically-pleasing and tough, and well-placed magnets inside allow them to be connected to form a necklace around your neck when not in use.

                      When stuck together, the music gets paused automatically, upping the cool factor even more. The downside of this earphone seems to be its battery life. You can get around 5 hours of playback, but even that is not always the case. Sound output is satisfactory, although it succeeds more in the bass department rather than the treble one.

                      Featured photo credit: Pexels via static.pexels.com

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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