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Nothing can destroy your exercise zen faster than a pair of ill-fitting headphones. Image Credit: Pexels/ANTONI SHKRABA

You’re almost there. Your running pace is practically meditative, your heartbeat is optimal, your muscles are primed, you’re one with the beat… and then you feel your headphones dislodge. Nothing can destroy your exercise zen faster than a pair of ill-fitting headphones. So, we dug through Amazon to find the best reviewed headphones for exercise, whether you’re working out at the gym or outdoors. Get them as early as tomorrow with Amazon Prime, and make exercise an interruption-free endeavour.

1. Best Overall: Bose Sports Earbuds


  • Touch controls
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent audio quality for music


  • Not ideal for calls
  • Expensive

Another solid choice, Bose Sports Earbuds are wireless, and IPX4-rated weather and sweat resistant. It has one of the most secure and comfortable fits of any earbuds, because of its proprietary StayHear Max tips – with a unique umbrella shape and extended, flexible wing, it remains securely in place, no matter how much you move. Its touch interface is simple and effective; tapping allows you to play or pause music, and answer or reject calls. The battery life lasts for about 5 hours, and if you’re out of juice, a quick 15-minute charge can revive the earbuds for up to two hours.

Bonus: Buy with 0 per cent instalments and pay Dh58.25 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh40 and a 2-year extended warranty for Dh66.

2. Best Value: Jabra Elite Active 75t Earbuds


  • Pairs with two devices simultaneously
  • Comfortable fit, resistant to fall-outs


  • Reviewers say either bud keeps disconnecting near fitness equipment

Wireless, durable and with a secure fit, Jabra Elite Active 75t is always a top contender in the sports headphones category worldwide. The earbuds are easy to use – a single multifunction button lets you adjust volume, skip tracks and other functions. With both noise cancelling and hear-through modes, you can switch based on your activity – the latter allows you to hold conversations or keep an ear on traffic without removing the earbuds. The Elite Active has four microphones for crystal-clear phone calls, and a 5.5-hour battery life on a single charge. With an IP57 rating, it’s resistant to sweat and water. All in all, it’s definitely worth the money.

Warranty: Two-year warranty from the manufacturer (registration required). Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh23 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh38.

3. Best for Cycling: JBL Waterproof True Wireless In-Ear NC Sport Headphones


  • Lightweight and small
  • Voice assistance
  • EQ can be adjusted on the JBL app


  • Noise cancellation can be better
  • Disconnection complaints

Designed for the active lifestyle, JBL’s Reflect Mini NC can operate for 21 hours with a charged case. It cancels out noise but leaves enough sound to keep you safe on your run outdoors. These wireless earphones function via voice assistance, ensuring that absolutely nothing is getting in the way of your fitness goals. And to top all of that, they have a waterproof rating of IP67, which means they’ll work just fine if you accidentally dropped them in shallow water. Don’t worry about the fit – the box comes with ear tips and ear fin stabilisers in three different sizes. Reviewers love how compact the case is, easily slipping into their pockets undetected.

Warranty: Amazon offers one-year extended warranty for Dh23 and two years for Dh38.

4. Best for Fitness Beginners: SoundPEATS Truengine 3 SE Wireless Earbuds


  • Value for money
  • Lightweight
  • Dual drivers offer superb sound quality


  • Not ideal for calls

A great budget option, SoundPEATS’ Truengine 3 SE earbuds are ultra-lightweight and still have enough power to be right there with you at the peak of your workout. Its dual dynamic drivers and mics offer an improved auditory experience, as compared to its predecessor, and the headset is smaller and more comfortable, too. The earphones’ tips are made with COMPLY memory foam, which provide a cushioned fit while cancelling out external noise. Touch controls make operating it easy, leaving you to focus entirely on your workout.

Warranty: One-year warranty provided by the manufacturer. Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh12 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh19.

5. Best Budget and Battery Life: Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Bluetooth Earphones


  • Long battery life - 100 hours
  • Value for money
  • Decent bass


  • No touch controls
  • Not ideal for calls

When it comes to uninterrupted music during workouts, this pair is undefeated on our list. Listen to music for up to 100 hours on a single charge – if you’ve run out of battery, pop the earphones inside the case, wait for 10 minutes and you’re ready to go for another 90 minutes. Once paired with your device, the Bluetooth connection is instant from the moment the earphones are removed from the case the next time. Anker Soundcore lets you pick the best fit from the five pairs of silicone earbuds and three wing sizes. Though they’re not designed for swimming and other water sports, they can still weather the rain and sweat with an IPX5 rating.

Bonus: Save 10 per cent with a coupon on check out.

6. Best for Running: JLab Audio Epic Air Sport


  • Comfortable fit, stays put and hugs the ears
  • Decent sound quality
  • Noise cancellation works well


  • Some might find these heavy

Fitness-loving audiophiles will appreciate the true-wireless experience and smart features of JLab Audio Epic Air Sport earbuds. The pair features three noise control modes: on, off and be aware (handy when you’re crossing the road or want to hear conversations around you without removing your earbuds). With a total of six powerful microphones, each earbud has an infrared sensor so that the music pauses automatically when you remove them (they’ll resume playing when placed in your ear again). An IP66 rating means it’s resistant to sweat, and its Bluetooth playtime boasts an easy 15 hours in a single charge.

Warranty: Two-year limited cover and 30-day money back guarantee provided by the manufacturer. Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh29 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh47.

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