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The best workout headphones for a new year—and new you

The new year brings a fresh opportunity to catapult yourself into your best shape yet—emotionally, mentally and physically. You’re not alone in wanting a jump-start on your 2023 health; a survey found that 50% of resolutions hinge on exercise and fitness.

Resolutions are easy to make and even easier to let slip. As you turn your fitness goals into a reality, bring the soundtrack of your gym journey to life with the best workout headphones for your training. The latest generation of athletic headphones are lighter and more snug, whether in or on the ear. They also deliver a more refined sound and let you switch from music to your phone at a click.

However you choose to break a sweat, here are four ways why finding the right workout headphones can take your gym run to new levels in 2023.

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1. Drown out distractions

Getting out of the house to exercise in the fresh air can add stimulation to your routine, but honking horns, grinding gears and shouting conversations risk distracting you from your workout. Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds II offer the latest generation of noise cancellation at adjustable levels.

You can remove noise entirely and create a total workout bubble or just minimise the surrounding sounds, allowing you to enjoy your music while staying alert to what’s happening around you. Effortlessly manage volume and levels with simple touch controls on the earbuds themselves, or set up voice commands.

2. Make meditation effortless

The benefits of meditation are clear—decreased anxiety and stress, improved blood pressure and deeper sleep, to name a few. However, finding the time and mental space to meditate can pose a challenge.

Mindful deep breathing techniques are an effective way to help you achieve a meditative state as you sit still or work out. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 can help you get there by turning down the volume on outside distractions and helping you focus inwards on your own breath and heartbeat. Playing meditation music through your headphones while meditating, exercising or going about your day—can make the journey to tranquility that much smoother.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

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3. Facilitate flow

The right playlist can give you the extra oomph to supercharge your workout. Injecting a bit of fun into your training can also help remove barriers to performance and push you into a flow state—“a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter”, writes psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the “father of flow” and former chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago.

From the moment you hit play, a great playlist can begin to bring you into a state of flow. However, constantly having to fiddle with the controls and balance eats into your precious workout time and interrupts your flow. Use the Bose Music app to personalise your sound settings, allowing you to adjust bass, treble and mid-range sound levels to your tastes.

4. Pump up your endurance

A single workout is just one point in a larger fitness journey, and headphones are key to making each sweat session feel like an exciting part of the adventure. The right music can even divert your attention away from fatigue, boredom and discomfort while you get in shape. A recent study found that high-energy music distracted runners from exhaustion, resulting in longer and farther runs.

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