These Are the Best Headphones to Wear While Working Out


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You know that song that will get you through the hardest part of your workout? I think it's safe to say pretty much everyone has one (or maybe more than one) that gets them extra hyped while they've turned up the resistance on their indoor bicycle, running that last mile, doing those EMOMs… insert any challenging part of a workout here.

Well, the thing is, if you need that song to push through, you're going to need the right headphones so you can hear it loud and clear. Not all headphones are created the same. You're probably going to want something that's noise-canceling, sweat-proof, water-resistant, Bluetooth-compatible, and long-lasting.

To help, we've compiled a list of some of the best workout headphones on the market. Take a look below and queue up your playlist.

I really like using my Apple AirPods Pro for workouts—and pretty much for all my other headphone needs. They're easy to sync up to my Peloton bike, which is so helpful because even though I live alone I still like the noise-canceling benefits of the AirPods to prevent any distractions. They're also sweat- and water-resistant.

If you prefer over-the-ear headphones, this pair from Sony fits the bill. It had Bluetooth technology so you can pair it with any Bluetooth-enable device. You can also make hands-free phone calls and voice assistant commands if you need to send a text or check the weather or time.

At $20, these headphones are the cheapest option on our list. But that doesn't mean they're not reliable. The sound quality is very good and it has a long battery life (you can enjoy music for up to 10 hours). Plus, the waterproof design features silicone ear hooks that actually stay put.

JBL's noise-canceling over-ear headphones feature Ambient Aware technology, which helps you safely run around outside. Its charge lasts for up to 50 hours and it has a quick 10-minute charge feature to give you an extra four hours.

These water-resistant earbuds feature volume and track controls on each piece so that it's easy to manage your playlist. They also have voice capability and enhanced call performance. When the battery is low, just charge it for five minutes and you get 1.5 more hours of playtime.

Designed especially for workouts, Shokz's headphones come with a headband so they stay in place. The cool thing about this device is that they're bud-free and sit outside the ear—the audio is delivered through your cheekbone! It's a must if you find in-ear or over-ear headphones uncomfortable.

Bose's Sport Earbuds feature a water-repellent mesh that keeps the device dry. It has a five-hour battery life and comes with three different sizes of tips so you can customize the fit.

These running headphones have an ergonomic and lightweight design so you might even forget you're wearing them. The sweatproof design delivers immersive sound and lasts for up to 16 hours.

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Take this sleek and slim belt bag on your next run. It's roomy enough to stash your keys and phone.

Keep your hair and sweat out of your face with this stretchy headband.

You can fit everything you need for your pre- and post-gym activities in this tote. It's also great to use for travel.

Go completely hands-free on your next run with this cell phone armband case. It can fit all types of phones: iPhones, Androids, Samsungs, and more.

This cap is breathable with a laser-cut ventilation design. There's also an adjustable strap for a better fit.

This water bottle cleans itself. No, you didn't read that incorrectly. It uses a UV-C LED light to eliminate bio-contaminants.

There are four ways to carry this bag—from a duffle to a backpack. It also comes with three exterior pockets and five interior pockets so you'll be extra organized.

I'm obsessed with my Apple Watch, and one of the main reasons is because it's so easy and fun to track my fitness goals and progress. I am able to see how fast my heart rate is during workouts, how far I'm going, and more. It makes everything gameable, which motivates me even more.

This running belt is made of recycled fabric and features sleek compression. It's also quick-drying and machine-washable.

This leak-proof water bottle has a spout lid which makes it easy to grab a drink during your workouts. It will keep your drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours.

Track everything from your pace, distance, calories burned, heart rate, and Active Zone Minutes with the Fitbit Charge 5.

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This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

Managing Editor

Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.