How to Keep Earphones in While Running

Updated February 21, 2017

Listening to music while running can make working out more fun and help you stay motivated. With the invention of lightweight audio devices such as MP3 players, many sports enthusiasts have taken to listening to music while running. However, one of the major complaints of runners is that the earphones or ear buds often fall out of their ears while they are working out. If you are tired of your earphones popping out of your ears while you are running, you can easily get them to stay by finding a pair that fits appropriately and using an armband while you run.

Try on different types of in-ear headphones, also known as ear buds. Ear buds fit inside of your ear, but sometimes have the tendency to pop out of the ears while you're running. Ear buds may be constructed of hard plastic or may have several different sizes of interchangeable rubber pads for a more custom fit. Find a pair that fits comfortably and snugly inside your ears.

Try on various pairs of hooked earphones. Hooked earphones feature a plastic hook that fits around the top of your ears to hold the earphones into place. Find a pair that fits the size of your ears.

Wear an armband that holds your MP3 player in place while running. Find one that will hold your MP3 player securely. Adjust the armband so that it fits tightly on your upper arm. Place your MP3 player in the armband and attach your headphones. The armband will hold the MP3 player up high enough on your arm that there is plenty of slack in the headphone cord. The slack will prevent the earphones from being tugged out of your ears during your workout.


Be sure to keep the volume low while listening to music and running. It is important that you can still hear what is going on around you.

Things You'll Need

  • MP3 armband
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