Whether you're looking for a sleek design or a pair that won't budge, we have the ear candy for you

Headphones can be a key bit of gym kit when working up a sweat. After all, that pounding tune can motivate you to pound that pavement for just one more song. We’ve found the top headphones for you, so take your pick below.

Best headphones for exercise

What to look for: There are a number of solutions out there to this pesky problem. See which of these works best for you.

Yurbuds Inspire 300, £34.99. Twistlock technology means they won’t shift when you’re all-out on the treadmill




Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones, £99.95 (amazon.co.uk). This pair has winged tips to fit the shape of your ear.



Adidas Response Sport Headphones by Monster, £39.95. They have a patented SportClip to help keep them snugly in your ears.




Best headphones for outdoor sports

What to look for: Water resistance is a good idea, especially if you like to get out there in all weather. Easy volume control is useful too.

Beats By Dr Dre Tour, £109. They’re sweat and water-resistant which means they can survive both tough weather and tough workouts.




JAM Micro Sports Buds, £49.99. These have a safe-surround feature that mutes volume on one side, so you can hear your environment.


JBL Reflect Mini BT Bluetooth Sport Earphones, £79.99 (amazon.co.uk). Water-resistant with reflective cables to keep you safe at night.



Stylish sports headphones

What to look for: Whatever your issue with your earphones – too heavy, too bulky or just want really great sound quality – pick the one that fits into your lifestyle.

Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless Stereo Headphones, £57.73 (amazon.co.uk). These have an armband for a phone and can scrunch up in your bag.


Sennheiser PMX 686i, £79.99. Weighing in at only 9g, they’re the lightest of their kind. Plus, a remote control and microphone allow you to take calls on the run.


Philips ActionFit SHQ8300, £69.99 (currys.co.uk). They’re compatible with any smartphone and deliver very high-performance sound.



Best sports headphones with that little bit extra

What to look for: That something different – earphones for swimming, or that added smart element that goes beyond just letting you listen to music.

Waterfi Waterproof Short Cord, £26.95 (amazon.co.uk). These let you listen to music 3.5m underwater.


SMS Biosport Smart Earbuds with Heart Rate Monitor, £34.99 (amazon.co.uk). These multi-taskers let you track your heart rate on the move.


Jabra Sport Coach, £119.99. With an integrated cross training app, these provide intelligent personalised audio coaching.