The Best Sport Headphones To Use During Your Workouts.

Sport Headphone x250Choosing the best sport headphones to use during your workouts can be somewhat of a challenge, due to the vast amount of products available. Generally speaking, headphones that are designed with sports and workouts as the main point of focus are typically much tougher than a regular set of headphones.

Sport headphones often feature sweat-resistant design and a snug fit that ensures they stay in place during your workouts. If you are serious about committing to a regular gym routine, then it is well worth investing in a pair of headphones that aren’t going to break after a few uses.

That said, there are several excellent quality options of sport headphones available for as little as $50!  Below are the different kinds of sport headphones that are all great choices to use during sweaty, high intensity workouts. Let’s face it, working out without music just isn’t the same!

Wireless Sport Headphones

If you are tired of pesky wires tripping you up on the treadmill, or getting caught in your hair or necklace during your workout, then the best option would be to invest in a set of wireless sport headphones. They connect wirelessly to your smartphone or iPod, allowing you to forget about the hassle of wires and concentrate on your exercise routine.

Whilst they are convenient for workouts, the main argument against using Bluetooth headphones used to be that the sound quality was poor. This was because Bluetooth was not originally intended for streaming high-quality music, technology has evolved since then and many manufacturers have developed wireless headphones that overcome and eliminate this issue. This is a great article outlining some of the best wireless sport headphones!

Bud Headphones

Whether you choose wireless or traditional headphones that connect to your music device with a cable, bud headphones are a popular choice for those who can’t stand having their ears covered when they are getting hot and sweaty.

Whilst we mentioned above that sport headphones are often designed with breathable material, many people prefer to stick with what they know and buy a simple, comfortable pair of bud headphones to use in the gym. There are several brands that specialize in designing bud headphones so that they don’t fall out when you are running, or moving around with high intensity.

 On-Ear Headphones

On-ear headphones are extremely popular with the majority of people due to comfort and noise cancelling elements. For athletes however, it is important to choose on-ear headphones which are lightweight and have removable washable sweat-resistant pads.

They vary in budget, but if you want to guarantee maximum comfort during your workouts, then consider investing in a good brand such as Sony or Beats by Dr. Dre. You can now buy wireless on-ear headphones, although they are often slightly more expensive.

Ultimately, trial and error might be necessary until you find your perfect pair of sports headphones. If you have a larger budget and you decide to purchase a more expensive pair, then consider getting them insured in case they end up getting lost or damaged.

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Two Essential Breathing techniques for singing

Stage, club, two.If you are lucky enough to have been blessed with a beautiful singing voice, then it is likely you will want to either pursue a career as a singer, or at least practice more often. Here´s the catch: becoming a successful singer, isn´t just about having the voice- it´s about knowing how to perfect ways to be able to control and project your voice, so you can sing for long periods of time and make sure that you don’t run out of breath before the end of each line.

Aside from practicing the songs you want to sing and making sure that you have warmed up your vocal chords thoroughly before singing, learning how to master the correct breathing techniques for singing is crucial for success. Not only can proper breathing help you to improve your tone, it will also allow you to hold a note between the breath marks in a song.

The best singers, who understand the importance of breathing techniques, use the following two techniques before each performance to guarantee quality and consistency in their singing. There are several more you can use, as your breath control improves, but start with these two first.

Learn To Breathe From Your Diaphragm

 In everyday life, we tend to breathe from our chest inhaling just enough to fill our lungs before speaking or even whilst sat in silence. With singing however, it is important to control the breath, which is why breathing from the diaphragm is important.

When you breathe out from the diaphragm, it helps to manage the muscles around the lungs, which control how quickly the breath is exhaled. This is turn allows you to determine how loudly or softly you wish to project your voice, as well as factoring in how much breath you will need to save, in order to reach the end of the sentence in the song.

To practice breathing from your diaphragm, place one hand on your stomach whilst laying flat on your back and consciously focus on filling up your stomach with air when you take a breath. If you are doing it right, you will feel your stomach rise and your hand will be pushed up and outwards gently, until you feel your chest expanding at the front of the body, as well as the sides.

Breathe out slowly to a count of 5. Repeat this inhaling/exhaling exercise for 5-10 minutes each day, once when you get up and once before you go to bed to improve your chances of singing success.

“SSSSS”

 Another excellent singing technique to help you sustain high notes in a song is to learn to maintain a hissing “sssss” sound at a consistent pace and volume. This technique will allow you to manipulate the dynamics, or the loud and the soft of a song with greater ease.

Start by taking a deep breath and imagine you are blowing up a balloon. You want to make your breath last as long as possible and you can control how much air you are expelling by using your teeth and tongue. Keep practicing this and time how long you are able to do it for in one breath.

A variation of this exercise, which you can see full instructions of here, is to make the “sss” sound in a series of short and bouncy sounds, from the same breath and see if you can make it last as long. This will train your diaphragm to be more flexible so you will be able to sing faster songs and staccato sections of a song easier.

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