The best headphones for running

Did you know that running to music could improve your time, distance and overall performance?

A recent study has revealed the huge benefits of listening to music while running, going so far as to call it the ‘legal drug for athletes’.

According to Dr. Karageorghis’ new book, running to music increases performance by as much as 15%.

The study shows people tend to look for stimuli and distraction from what is going on around them; as oppose to elite athletes who pour they focuses inwards; for them it’s purely about the physical.

For the rest of us however, music serves as a powerful motivational tool and a distraction from exercise’s exhaustive effects.

Putting this theory to the test, Karageorghis has spearheaded a series of half-marathons in the UK, known as Run to the Beat, in which DJs line the track.

This novel approach to a traditional competition not only drew the crowds out but also led to many participants beating their personal bests.

Those interviewed said the music added to the experience, making it more enjoyable and spurring them on to the finish line, especially when the bands blasted out their favourite hits. The only complaint? The music wasn’t loud enough…

Fancy trying for yourself? Why not check out our guide for the best headphones for running and our running playlist below:

The best headphones for running
(see the full guide here)

head11. Sennheiser/Adidas MX 685 Sports In-Ear Headphones 2

Run to music in comfort with Sennheiser/Adidas MX 685 Sports ear canal headphones with their innovative Slide-to-Fit holding mechanism, allowing you to concentrate on running, instead on fiddling with your earphones.

head 22. Bose SIE2 (In-Ear) Sport Headphones

Bose SIE2 sport headphones are specifically engineered for exercise, being sweat and weather resistant means you can train at your peak.

head33. Bowers and Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

The Bowers and Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones fit securely around the ear with a loop design, so you’ll be able to run without hardly feeling your headphones.

Running Playlist