Your Guide to Running Headphones & Earphones
Your new essential workout gear These days, many people enjoy taking their favorite tunes with them when they run or work out. In fact, some folks wouldn't think of working out without their music "workout partner". So how do you find the right comfy, workout-friendly gear that brings you smiles rather than becoming a source of frustration?The basics of running heaphones/earphonesLet's face it: when you run or work out, you sweat. After a short time, those traditional foam earpieces turn into soggy sponges. Yuck! Running earphones use soft, sweat-resistant materials like silicone that will feel great mile after mile. They're easy to keep clean, too. Constantly tinkering with your earphones to keep them in place is an interval workout we can all do without! Performance earphones have anatomically-designed earpieces to give you a secure and comfortable fit, and some add a behind the ear loop to keep them in place even when you're really moving around. In the ear or on the ear?Nearly all performance workout products use the in-ear earbud design which offers you the lightest weight, secure retention and the best ventilation. And their compact size easily fits into your gear bag. The traditional on the ear design (think of your home headphones) don't offer these advantages.Stay connected in more ways than oneEliminate fumbling for your smartphone when you want to skip a track, adjust the volume, or answer a call. Many earphone models have these controls (even a mic for taking calls) right in the cord where they're always within convenient reach. For outdoor workouts, most performance earphones are designed to let in some ambient noise so you can always be safely aware and connected with your surroundings.