Power your way to New Year fitness with these spiffy sports headphones – and crank our suggested playlists to help you on your noble journey.
“It’s ok, it’s Christmas time,” you say as you tuck into a second serving of Aunty Ann’s famous festive pavlova – you know the one. “I shouldn’t, really,” you murmur as you unconvincingly try to resist Grandma’s fruit cake. “Extra custard please,” you grin as you concede defeat. “Why are they exercising on Christmas Day?” you chuckle at passers-by, as you drive out to your second lunch of the day. Some of those sound familiar? Me too.
Christmas parties, extra-long innings on the couch watching the cricket, long lunches, the never-ending beer at a family BBQ. It’s an incessant list of indulgences – I guess that’s why it’s called the ‘silly season’, and it’s all fun and games until the top button on your favourite jeans doesn’t do up anymore.
It’s all good though, because you know what happened a week after Christmas? You got to watch some fireworks while you made some promises to yourself for 2019. By now, you’ve got your resolutions locked in, but you’re going to need our help – and one of these pairs of awesome, wireless, in-ear headphones in your ears – to soundtrack the new and improved you.
You don’t have to be training to go pro; you might just be going for a jog, or even a stroll to grab a coffee. The Backbeat Fit 3100 featuring Always Aware – which allows ambient sound in – so you don’t completely lose touch with the outside world. Lightweight and durable, these are the comfort album you go back to without even thinking about it.
Gang Of Youths, Go Farther In Lightness
Dave Le’aupepe and his merry Gang of Youths sure know how to set off an inspirational fire in your belly through emotional storytelling and self-actualisation. There’s enough cries to love yourself you won’t even feel guilty for grabbing a croissant with your coffee – this fitness journey is a marathon, not a sprint, after all.
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
You can go your own way. This is your walk to the shops and nobody else’s.
I see a sign every day in the lobby of the office that insists that climbing a few flights of stairs is “rigorous exercise,” and a great alternative to the very convenient lift. Honestly, I ignored that sign for a long time, but it’s 2019 now – this is our year! If you’re sneaky (or confident) enough, a double fist in the air at the summit of your morning climb – a la Rocky Balboa – might even be the inspiration boost you need to really kick things into gear. Here’s where the JBL Reflect Contour 2 comes in, because along with its three-button remote and mic, ear-hook fit and sweat-proof construction, its cable is reflective, so your nighttime workout montages will be super safe!
Arctic Monkeys, AM
You know how they say “don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the one you want”? 2012’s classic from the Sheffield fourpiece is this feeling of confidence in aural form. Before you know it you’ll be strutting through the office so confidently after your stair climb, you won’t notice (or care) about any potential sweat marks.
Survivor, Eye Of The Tiger
I don’t need to explain this one to you – the iconic strum from 1982 was playing in your head the second I mentioned Rocky.
“No one sticks to New Year’s resolutions,” the haters will say. Well, I hope you left them in 2018 because you don’t need that negativity in your life no more. Can’t get rid of them? Well, when you finish your morning run and get to work you can leave your Reflect Mini 2s in all day, with their 15-hour battery life (and super-fast charging for those particularly long days) you can block out the dismissive naysayers for good.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
Whether it’s Rami Malek’s portrayal or Freddy Mercury himself, We Are The Champions pumping through your ears is the best shortcut to ticking off your New Year’s resolution. The whole tracklist is full of titles to get you moving: I Want To Break Free, Don’t Stop Me Now, We Will Rock You – you see what I’m saying.
Amy Shark, Love Monster
The ARIA Award-winning debut album from Amy Shark, starring the defiant I Said Hi – which is kind of like the 2018 version of Chumbawumba’s inspirational Tubthumping, but, how do I put this… good.
Now you’re going to need a gym buddy. No, not one of your flaky friends that will undoubtedly pull out of a Sunday morning session because they’re hungover. You’re going to want to find something reliable that gives you true freedom to work out. There’s no wires on the SoundSport Free and definitely no stopping you now – no ifs, just good butts.
Parkway Drive, Reverence
Sometimes the louder, the better. You might not understand everything Winston McCall rumbles on the ARIA Hard Rock Album of the Year, but you best know you’ll break your bench press personal best listening to it.
If you’re thinking of rocking a pair of limited edition ultraviolet SoundSport Frees, I can only assume that you’re a Beyoncé fan. Why? Because she is the boss and so are you. If this album doesn’t empower you to take on the world, nothing will.