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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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                      Published on September 20, 2018

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                      Minimizing Tabs

                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                      Incognito Mode

                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                      Play Media Files

                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                      Stay Focus(e)d

                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                      Grammarly for Editing

                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                      Loom

                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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