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Lose the Cords While Working Out



    Do you run to music or a podcast? If so, then consider enhancing your listening experience by cutting the cord and going to wireless headphones.

    This technology is no longer a novelty or for early adopters. Wireless headphones provide runners a great way to train without cords while getting the best sound quality.

    Whatever you’re listening to on a run, wireless headphones have a sound that regular corded headphones can’t replicate. Engineered to be lightweight and deliver a sound that’s distinct and rich, wireless headphones provide a premium listening experience for any runner.

    The freedom I experienced when first going wireless meant no longer wrapping a cord around my finger so it wouldn’t bounce while I ran. Plus, I no longer had to control my music from my smartphone.

    Most wireless headphones have controls built into the headphone. I no longer had to stop and stare at my smartphone to adjust the volume or toggle to the next song. At the gym, I’ve gone as far as to leave my smartphone in my gym bag and just work out with my headphones. If I want to move on to the next song or hit pause, it’s just a touch of a button on the headphones. Most wireless headphones have a certain foot radius so this type of freedom depends on your gym setup and headphones.

    The other bonus of wireless headphones is the sweat-proof technology. Each manufacturer has a different spin on it, but they know it’s important to anyone who exercises. The integrity of the sound quality has to be maintained not only when running, but when the sweat builds up (especially during the hot summer months).

    I’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of some of the top wireless headphones on the market that deliver a premium sound, comfort, and durability for runners.

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    Chris Narbonewrites about technology for runners and other fitness topics at amplifyrunning.com. A fan of 5K and 10K races, you can find Chris running with his wife or pushing a jogging stroller with one of his three kids on race day. Follow him on Twitter @amplifyrunning.