Running with earbuds is frustrating. They slip out, get tangled in your hair or the cord gets caught on something and you have stop to fix it.
I’m sure we’ve all had that experience where running feels like an eternity – especially when one of those things happens while trying hard not lose some small piece from their playlist for life!
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Reasons Why do Your Earbuds Always Fall Out
- Your earbuds don’t fit properly
- You’re not using the right size of earbuds
- The cord is too long and your phone moves around as you walk
- The cord gets tangled up in your bag
- Your headphones are old and worn out, so they have stretched out over time
- They fall out when you turn your head or bend down to pick something up
How to Keep Earbuds in While Running
For most people, the struggle is real when it comes to keeping earbuds in during a run. I have spent countless hours trying all sorts of tactics – from twisting the cord around my neck to securing them with an elastic band on my head. The truth is that nothing really worked for me until I tried these tips…
- Fold the cable in half and start to make a twist at the top of the fold.
- Unfold it and grab both earbuds (if there is no remote, grab one without letting go of the other). Align both earbuds.
- Holding them in place with your thumb, take one rubberband and wrap it around your index finger (or middle finger) then over both ear buds like how you would hold chopsticks. Repeat on the other hand if needed.
- Let go of everything together!
- After practicing how to keep earbuds in while running several times, you’ll be able to do it even when you’re not thinking about what you are doing. The rubber bands will stay in place, and you can keep running without worrying about your earbuds. It takes some time to get used to how this feels, but once it’s done – it’s done!
- Now that I know how to keep earbuds in while running, I no longer need to slow down or stop until I finish my run because my friend always says “I’m not chasing you!”.
Here are a few more hacks that should help you stop your earbuds from falling out while running. Try any one of these tips and I hope the next time runners put their music into play, they’ll know what to do when it comes loose!
- Keep the wire looped around your hand while you are pulling it through your shirt, with the hook side facing down.
- Make sure the wire isn’t tangled with your laces.
- Wind the wire in a loose spiral so there aren’t knots or kinks in it.
- Tape the cord to either side of your shirt, arm, or leg where the earbud earpiece will connect with electrical tape for less entanglement that could cause losing one or both earbuds due to other causes such as being tangled up with other objects while moving during activity by accident which can cause either one or both earbuds to fall out unexpectedly from being unintentional.
- Twist the wire together before inserting into your ears so they don’t spin during movement.
- Use two rubber bands to secure each side of an earbud around your earlobe for more support and stability when running with them in instead of only one because it will help keep them locked in place better than just using one however, be careful not to put too much pressure on the rubber bands if you do use this method so they aren’t uncomfortable to wear for a long time like hours because that can cause ear injury.
- Bend the wire slightly behind your ear to keep it from falling down inside your shirt or coat collar for more support and stability during movement like running with them in.
- Put each ear bud into either side of your outer ear instead of directly into your ear canal to avoid them falling out while running because otherwise they can simply fall out more easily due to not being secure enough in your ears even if they are snug
- You can also use a small rubber band to secure each of the cords on each side of your neck, instead of behind your ears.
- If you are wearing glasses with earpieces that hook over your ears, use them to secure the wire instead of behind your ears for more support and stability when running with them in.
- You can also use small non-conductive elastic bands (like used for holding pony tails) around each side of your head for more support and stability when running with your earbuds in.
- You can also purchase cord clips that attach onto the wire near each connecting point where it wraps over your ears for more support and stability when running with them in.
- You can also put your iPod shuffle in your back pocket and run with the wire resting on your shoulder instead of behind your ears or around your neck for more support and stability when running with it in.
- You could also use an armband for your iPod shuffle if you do not want it in your pocket but instead strapped securely around your arm.
- Or you could use an armband for your iPod shuffle if you do not want it in your pocket nor strapped around your arm but instead resting on the top of your forearm while the wire is wrapped around to rest on the back of that same arm.
- However, be careful not to put too much pressure on the wire if you do use this method so it isn’t uncomfortable to wear for a long time like hours because that can cause ear injury as well as loss of one or both due to other causes such as being tangled up with other objects while moving during activity by accident which can cause either one or both earbuds to fall out unexpectedly from being unintentional.
We hope you have learned some useful tips for how to keep earbuds in while running! There are many ways to accomplish this goal. What’s most important is that it’s comfortable and safe so you can enjoy your activity without the distraction of loose wires or missing buds. The best way to find out which one will work well for you is by experimenting with different methods until you find the perfect fit.