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Stop wearing your AirPods at the gym

Dave Smith , Business Insider US
 Apr 21, 2019, 01:11 PM
AirPods are not the right headphones to wear while working out.
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  • AirPods are one of Apple's best inventions.
  • It's become common to see people at the gym wearing them.
  • But you really shouldn't wear AirPods while exercising, for a few reasons.
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AirPods are everywhere these days.

You'll see people wearing them on the street, commuting with them, and using them to take calls in and outside their offices.

It's also become common to see people wearing AirPods at the gym.

But you really shouldn't wear AirPods while exercising. Here's why.

AirPods seem like ideal workout headphones — you often forget you're wearing them, and they fit snugly in most people's ears.


Apple's own ads have shown people running while wearing AirPods – but you shouldn't.


You really shouldn't wear AirPods while exercising. They are not sweat- or water-resistant.

As the AirPods don't have an official IP rating against water or dust, you should not expect them to survive prolonged contact with liquid, like sweat.

Water damage is not covered by Apple's warranties.

If the AirPods case happens to get damaged from your sweat, you'll have to replace it.

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Not everyone sweats the same, so some people may not have any issues working out with AirPods. But just know that if you do work out with them, you don't have Apple's warranty as a safety net.

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Aside from the possibility of water damage causing them to fail, Apple's AirPods just aren't great for noise isolation. This means you'll need to crank up your music to hear it over the sounds of treadmills, machines, and people — and that's not good for your ears.

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A pair of exercise-specific noise-cancelling over-the-ear earphones may be a better bet.

Apple may release water-resistant AirPods down the line, but the first two generations are not safe from your sweat. Bringing them to the gym, while convenient, is rolling the dice.

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