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Should you wear headphones while doing outdoor cardio?

Listening to music or a podcast while you do your cardio sessions can be beneficial for keeping your mind off what you're doing or staying consistent with a specific pace or cadence. If you tend to fall into either one of those categories and are working out at home or at a gym, headphones are likely a good idea. On the other hand, if you're doing your cardio in the neighborhood, on a nearby trail, or up in the mountains, I would not recommend using headphones. Yes, you likely see people doing it when you're out and about (but that doesn't mean it's a good idea!). Heck, even I used to always run on paved trails with headphones in until I recognized it's likely safer for me to do without. I recommend doing without the headphones so you can: - Be aware if a bike or runner wants to pass - Listen to your breathing to help find a rhythm - Listen to your foot steps for insight to your stride and form - Be aware of wildlife - Be aware of cars, ATVs, or e-bikes Ultimately, outdoor cardio is safer to complete without headphones in. You'll see some people keep one headphone in, one headphone out. I don't think I could be trusted to not lose the other headphone, if I'm being honest haha. But if you do choose to go this route, I still recommend keeping the volume low on the single headphone just in case. Whichever method you choose, be safe and have fun!


Katharine Moustakes
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I'm Katharine.

I'm a personal trainer, running coaching, and nutrition coach who's stoked about lifting, the outdoors, summit snacks, and my dog.


I understand that fitness is not your whole life. Fitness is a PART of your life. I approach training in a way that adds value to your life and longevity, so you can enjoy being active whether you're romping around in the mountains, playing with your kids, or signing up for your first 10K race.

I'm here to meet you where you are, so you can train safely and effectively, and gain strength and confidence both in the gym and on the trails.

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