Listening to music while you're working out can take your performance to the next level. If you're like me, your training includes everything from cardio to weight training to stretching and yoga.
With all of this dynamic activity, keeping your music playing without an issue can be something you, unfortunately, have to think about more than you'd like.
Some of the issues I have when listening to music and work out are headphones flying right out of my ears, the wires getting in the way, and issues keeping my phone in place.
In this article, we're going to take you through some of the best ways to minimize the hassle of working out while listening to music. So, let's get started!
What Gear Are You Working With?
The type of headphones you have makes a big difference when it comes to optimizing your experience. Here are our tips for a few of the most common setups.
If you have wired headphones, the best way to keep them in place and out of your way is to run them under your shirt, and if you can, put a hat on too. By feeding the headphones under your shirt, you keep the wire out of the way, and by putting on a hat, you make sure your headphones stay in your ears.
These are by FAR more popular than they used to be. Now that the technology has gotten cheaper, it seems like every headphone brand is jumping on the Bluetooth bandwagon. This has some drawbacks, though. Not all Bluetooth headphones are created equally...not by a longshot.
If you don't already have a pair of Bluetooth headphones, make sure you do your research to get a good pair that's worth the money.
Now, if you already have Bluetooth headphones, make sure you take the time to adjust the fit. If needed, swap out the ear tips if the stock ones don't fit right. Also, tighten any wires that hang down, but make sure you can still move around.
The hat trick works well with Bluetooth headphones as well, but for warmer areas, a hat isn't always practical.
With Bluetooth headphones, you also have to consider what you're going to do with your phone. You can either put it in a bag, in your pocket, or you can get a little more creative. Personally, I use a super lightweight fannypack. It holds my phone and not much else. Rather than an arm strap, you don't worry so much about impeding blood circulation and the phones easier to access.
You can also opt for shorts or leggings with zippable pockets as well.
Neckband vs. Regular Bluetooth Headphones
All neckband headphones are Bluetooth, but not all Bluetooth headphones are neckband, so these get their own section. Neckband headphones are great at keeping your headphones in place if all of your workouts are done while standing or sitting. Everything from running to weight lifting and cycling can work well with neckband headphones.
With this being said, neckband headphones are terrible if you lay down during your workout, and are even worse if you go inverted, like during yoga.
The same weight around your neck that keeps your headphones in place will work against you if gravity isn't on your side.
There's no way around this, if you do yoga, or lay down during a workout, don't get neckband headphones. If you already have neckband headphones, consider switching to a regular pair of Bluetooth headphones instead.
Consider Water Proof Headphones
Keeping your headphones in place is one thing, but there's more that goes into worry-free music listening while working out. As of the time of this post (2020), we're starting to see a lot more waterproof headphones come onto the market, especially workout-specific headphones.
Almost all workout headphones are sweat-proof, at the very least. However, if you're planning on swimming, or if you run or bike outside, your headphones will come into contact with more than just sweat.
As far as product recommendations go, Jaybird has always been one of our favorite brands of sports headphones. All of their headphones are sweat-resistant, and some are fully waterproof.
One thing to note about waterproof headphones, though, is that Bluetooth doesn't work underwater. You can use the headphones out in the rain and in the pool (above the surface), and not worry about them getting damaged, but the Bluetooth signal can't travel through water.
If you're planning on using headphones for swimming, opt for a pair of headphones specifically designed for swimming. These headphones often have onboard storage so you can load up songs on the headphones themselves to play while you swim. Some others may have a wired design that's optimized for swimmers.
Getting The Most Out Of Your Workouts
Working out while listening to music, your favorite podcast or radio can help with concentration and lead to a better quality workout overall.
If you've gotten to this post, the odds are that you've had some bad experience trying to work out while listening to music. By using these few tips, you can make sure you're optimizing your experience to get the best of your equipment, and your body.
Have some other tips we missed? Let us know in the comments section below!