The 5 Best Earbuds for Cardio (Under $50)

We’ve taken the work out of your wireless earbud search by researching other “best earbuds” lists, combing through earbud user reviews and by actually testing many different earbuds over the years. The search for a good earbud does not need to break the bank. And going for the cheaper option doesn’t mean you need to accept a lousy headphone. Having said that, finding the best earbuds on a budget for your cardio workout can still be tricky because there are a lot of bad ones. Here are the best “earbuds under 50 dollars” for your cardio workout we found.

1. Otium Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

The Otium wireless bluetooth earbuds are ideal for any type of training. I have these earbuds myself and absolutely love them. The Otium earbuds are great for running, jogging, hiking, biking and working out in the gym. They stay securely in your ear with the comfortable ear hook. They have superb sound quality and Bluetooth V4.1+EDR for stereo sound. Even while music is playing in the background, these earbuds hold their own. The battery life lasts up to 8 hours and has a quick charge time. Other features that are very helpful are the easy-to-use buttons. The buttons allow you to skip, pause, and play without reaching for your phone. This is helpful when you are lifting heavy. It is also very easy to connect to Bluetooth. For all of these reasons, the Otium earbuds in at number one.

2. TaoTronics Wireless 4.2 Magnetic Earbud

Ideal for those who like to be active, the TaoTronics Wireless 4.1 Magnetic Earbuds Stereo Earphones are the perfect active wear earbuds. These earbuds are secure and stay snug on your ears. This is great when you are moving around a lot to bike, run, jog, walk or workout at the gym. They come with built-in magnets that make it easy to attach the two headphones together whenever they are not in use. This feature ensures that they do not get tangled in your pocket or in your bag. You can wear them around your neck almost like a necklace until you are ready to use again. Their battery life is respectable at almost 5 hours per charge. Like most rockin’ earbuds, TaoTronics has isolation technology that reduces ambient noise. For any kind of cardio activity, these earbuds are a great purchase under 50 dollars.

3. Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones

The Anker SoundBuds are perfect for any cardio activity you can throw at them. These earbuds are the paragon of precision engineering: providing the happy user with 6-millimeter drivers that offer skip-free audio. Not surprisingly, these earbuds have a reputation for their secure fit. Unlike some of our other “under 50” options, these little dynamos can last up to seven hours with one full charge. These are also water-resistant. That is helpful when you are sweating. The internal nano coating offers two different layers of protection against water damage. You can choose your own size of ear buds from the selection that comes in the pack and the USB cable that comes with the Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless set.

4. Phaiser BHS-730

The Phaiser BHS-730 Bluetooth Headphones makes our list on the “best earbuds under 50″ list. These earbuds offer high-definition sound thanks to the big boy (or girl) speakers that grace these beauties.  Unlike some of the round earbuds, Phaiser is bullet-shaped with a snug fit that is sure to stay put in your ear even during the most cardio-heavy activities. These earbuds also come with patented winged earphone tips that keep everything in place.  Perhaps most importantly, for the hard working cardio chick (or dude), these earbuds are sweat proof, which means they won’t give up the ghost after an intense workout. The Phaiser BHS-730 Bluetooth Headphones feature magnetic tips that allow for simple storage as they connect with one another when not in use. This means that you don’t have to worry about them getting tangled or caught on something or someone while you’re moving your feet.

5. Hussar Magicbuds Best Wireless Sports Earphones

The Hussar Magicbuds earphones round up our list of the “best earbuds” search. These are a hook design that securely fits to your ear. They fit perfectly in your ear canal. The soft smooth silicone gel surface is sweat proof. It is great for the gym, hiking, running, cycling and sports. They also work great for soundtracks, audio books, relaxing sounds, and even loud music. One of the best features is its CVC 6.0 technology that reduces background noise. It is very easy to connect to Bluetooth and connects from over 30 feet away. Hussar Magicbuds Bluetooth Headset can deliver up to 9 hours of play time on a full charge.

The 11 Best Cardio Workouts for Weight Loss

Cardio Workouts and Weight Loss

I thought it would be fitting to write about my top 11 favorite forms of cardio training since the name of my blog is “cardiochick” and it’s important to mix things up as you look for new ways to stay active. Most people have a love/hate relationship with cardio. It has been something we have been told to do in the weight loss community for many years. I have never been a fan of cardio, but have realized it is very important for losing fat or weight. Most people think of cardio as walking or maybe the bike machine but there’s so much more to cardio than low intensity steady-state workouts. And, just to balance out the discussion, don’t forget that nutrition will always trump whatever cardio activity you undertake for weight loss. Check out this article for a brilliant description of how nutrition plays out in various studies.

Compound Exercises

At its core, cardiovascular exercise (“cardio”) is continuous exercise that elevates your heart rate for a specific length of time. The best kind of cardio exercises are compound exercises, which involve multiple joints and more than one muscle group. This helps your body lose that unwanted weight. You should generally aim to do a cardio workout two to four times a week. When you are new to this kind of training you will feel changes happen pretty fast. When I first started working out I only did cardio 2 times a week because I was so exhausted from it. You will continue to find what forms of cardio you like and what works best for your body/workout regime. Some people don’t have a ton of time so I would suggest a quick HIIT workout as your form of cardio. If you have a ton of time, go for a long run/hike. It will all vary depending on your schedule, weather and your body type.

Here are our top 11 cardio workouts to help you lose weight faster and show results sooner starting with 11.

11. Elliptical

The elliptical is a great low-impact machine found at practically every gym. We recommend the Schwinn 470 Elliptical machine as a high-quality option. You might also check out the Sunny Health & Fitness treadmill since it’s lightweight and low cost. We own this model and it’s workable for short runs. The elliptical is great machine to burn calories without putting much stress on your body. It might not be as an intense workout as running or sprinting but it still will allow a great workout. There are some simple ways to change up your elliptical workout once your body gets use to the steady-state workout. You can do this by increasing the incline, speed and resistance. I usually will pick an elliptical for my cardio after a grueling workout. It is a great machine to zone out on and get your cardio in. And, don’t forget to gear up with a pair of earbuds (see our review).

Best Ways to Use the Elliptical in a Workout:

  • At the beginning of a workout: Using the elliptical at the beginning of a workout is good to get your heart pumping and to prepare you for the workout. 5-10 mins on the elliptical will get you ready. You can alternate between high intensity to low intensity.
  • At the end of a Workout: I prefer to do my cardio at the end of my workout. Hopping on the elliptical for 15-30 minutes post workout is a great way to end a workout and get your cardio in.

10. Hiking

Hiking burns considerably more calories than walking, and if you previously stuck to walks around the neighborhood for exercise, you might enjoy going for a long hike instead. Hiking is a great way to mix up your normal workout routine with something different. It can also be a very fun outdoor activity. I usually make it a half-day activity with a couple of friends. Not only do you get to see some beautiful scenery you can clear your brain. California has beautiful places to hike. I am blessed to live in such an amazing area with many places to hike. You can see something new every time you go out. Depending on the season/area of the country you live in, I would highly suggest hiking. In terms of our favorite hiking boots, check out the Keen Women’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof boots. There is also a men’s version of these boots, although our Cardio Dude recommends the Merrell All Out Blaze Aero as the best hiking shoe.

Best Ways to Use Hiking in a Workout:

  • A day Trip: Plan a day on the weekend to go hiking with some friends. Almost every area in the world has beautiful places to hike and see. Make sure to bring a small backpack with plenty of water.
  • On your lunch break: This might not be considered “hiking” but some people work in areas around hiking trails. If you have an hour lunch look up some local hiking trials in your area.

9. Jump Roping

I like to throw jump roping into my workout. It is great if you want to spike up your heart rate. You can use a variety of speeds, frequencies, and rest periods to put together a unique workout each time. When I did CrossFit, I learned how to do a “double under” jump (two rotations in one jump). I still am not an expert at it but it is something I like to practice every so often. Most gyms don’t have jump ropes on hand. I bought one and keep it in my gym bag. I highly recommend the WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope. It comes with a small bag to keep it in.

Best Ways to Use Jump Roping in a Workout:

  • In a Beginner Circuit: Alternating 10-30 seconds of jump roping. Gradually work up to longer jumping sessions.
  • In a Cardio Circuit: Alternate 30-60 seconds of jumping with other cardio exercises such as squats, pushups, jumping jacks, etc. Then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat.
  • At the beginning of a workout: I like to warm up with jump roping. Few people can jump rope for 30 minutes straight, so I do intervals of fast and slow jumps to get my body warmed up.

8. Burpees

BURPEES! Burpees speak for themselves. The classic burpee is a four-point move.  From a standing position, drop into a squat with your hands on the ground just in front of your feet. Then kick your feet back behind you, keeping your arms extended so you are in a raised plank position. Your chest will touch the ground. From here immediately return your feet into a squat position. Then you stand up and repeat. Burpees are awesome for strength-building, cardio, losing fat and for a full body exercise. Burpees kill me. When I first started working out I couldn’t breathe after only doing 5 burpees. Now I can do 20 in a row and try to incorporate then into my workouts as much as possible. There are so many things you can do with burpees. 

Best Ways to Use Burpees in a Workout:

  • At the beginning of your workout: Use burpees to warm up your body for your workout. They will wake your body up and let your body know you are about to workout.
  • Sparingly: As mentioned above, they are very hard!
  • In a Cardio Circuit: Incorporate 10 burpees into a cardio circuit. When you get more advanced add more burpees.
  • In a Strength Circuit: Add 30-60 seconds of burpees for every 3-5 strength exercises, such as squats, lunges, push-ups, and dips
  • At the end of a workout: Sprint a certain distance then do 10 burpees, rest for 60-90 seconds, and repeat 6 more times. This is a great way to end an outdoor workout.
  • In a Tabata Workout: 20 seconds of burpees with 20 seconds of rest, repeat 6 rounds. Look up the Tabata format if you have never heard of it.

7. Jogging

Running at a steady, moderate pace is a sure way to burn fat and calories. Running has always been a very popular form of cardio. Some of the benefits of running include weight loss, respiratory health, improved fitness, reduced total blood cholesterol, fat loss, and can clear your head. I have never been the biggest fan of running, but have found it very therapeutic. I feel so accomplished after going for a 2-mile fun without stopping. A great thing about running is you can do it anywhere. I would suggest start running for short distances and only a couple times a week. If you’r’e looking for a top-performing running shoe, we highly recommend the Nike Flyknit models. The Women’s Nike Epic React Flyknit is the top of the top. For men, check out the Nike Free Flyknit 4.0. One of our Cardiochick team members ran a marathon in this shoe and raved about its performance. For socks, spend a few extra dollars and invest in some Balega running socks.

Best Ways to Run in a Workout:

  • As a Warm up: Run on the treadmill/outdoors for 5-10 minutes to warm your body up.
  • Long Run: Go for a long run. This will range in miles per person. If you are new to running, I would try to train for a race. Read my blog about preparing for a 5K
  • In Circuit Training: You can always add running to a circuit-training program. If you are doing an outdoor workout try a circuit of movements with a run at the end.
  • At the end of a Workout: I will run on the treadmill at the end of a workout for 15-25 mins.

6. Swimming

Swimming is a total-body workout that starts the second you begin treading water. It took me a couple months to get my butt in the pool at my local gym. Looking for the best swim goggles? By far, the best swimming goggle is the Aegend swim goggle.
Body image, insecurities, and the amount of people that use the pool in the summer made me not want to take advantage of swimming. Once I got past all of that I found swimming very fun and a great workout. They say one minute of fast swimming burns 15 calories. An easy way to burn calories in the water is to simply tread water. You can do a few laps, then have a water-treading interval, then repeat. If you aren’t such a strong swimmer (like me) I would suggest taking an aqua class or swim laps in intervals. The more advanced you get the longer amount of time you can swim without stopping. I don’t use the swimming pool often, but I always enjoy it when I do.

Best Ways to Swim in a Workout:

  • Aqua Class: My gym offers an aqua class multiple times a week. I have been to three aqua classes. It is very fun, but the class is full of senior citizens.
  • At the end of a Workout: Swim laps for 15-30 minutes after a workout. I would only do this on lighter workout days and not leg days.

5. Stair Master

The stair master (Stair-climber) is a smart choice if torching calories is your goal. The stair climber utilizes the largest, most metabolically active muscles in your body (quads, hamstrings, glutes, and core). The first couple of months I avoided the stair master. It was intimidating and I always stuck to the treadmill. After I tried the stair master for the first time, I was hooked. It is such an amazing form of cardio. It kills your whole body. I was drenched with sweat with only doing a 15 minute HIIT workout. Now the stair master is my second go to form or cardio after sprinting. You feel so accomplished after you torch your legs on a stair master. The best stair masters can be found in gyms. However, check these under-the-desk step machines if you’re looking to burn calories while you’re sitting at your desk.

Best Ways to use the Stair Master in a Workout:

  • At the beginning of a workout: I hop on the Stair Master for 5-10 minutes to warm up my glutes on leg days.
  • At the end of a Workout: I use the Stair Master mostly at the end of my workouts as a form of cardio. I do a 15-20 HIIT workout. Up the speed for 30 seconds and back down to a slower speed for 2 minutes. Then repeat 6 times.

4. High-intensity interval training (HIIT)

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is one of the best ways to lose fat. A HIIT workout mixes shorts bursts of activity with short rest periods. You work to your maximum capacity during the short bursts of activity, hence the use of “high intensity” to describe those intervals. Most of my HIIT works are 30 seconds of maximum effort and 2 minutes of rest. The better you get the shorter rest periods you take. The key is the 30 second max effort periods. You should be breathing heavy and not be able to talk. The reason why I love HIIT is it gives you a well-rounded workout while burning a ton of fat and calories. You also can get it done in 10-20 minutes. It’s also a great workout for burning fat, boosting endurance, losing weight and building speed and strength. I use HIIT workouts with most of my cardio workouts. Don’t forget to stay hydrated. We offer some tips on how to do this well in an earlier post.

Best Ways to use HIIT in a Workout:

  • At the beginning of your workout: Do a HIIT warmup. Jump squats, squats, pushups, sprinting on the treadmill are good examples of HIIT warmups
  • In a Cardio Circuit: Incorporate a HIIT workout with multiple movements
  • In a Strength Circuit: Use HIIT in a circuit training session
  • At the end of a workout: I mainly use HIIT for my cardio at the end of workouts. I do 15-20 minutes of HIIT sprinting on whatever machine I am using at the gym.

3. Treadmill

Running on a treadmill is one of the most effective ways to lose belly fat and every gym has them. Our favorite low cost model is the Sunny Health & Fitness treadmill. We own this treadmill and find it suitable for low mileage jogs. A more robust model (and a bit more expensive) would be the Nautilus T618 treadmill.

You can use the treadmill in many different ways. You can use the treadmill if you are training for a running event, for cardio and for any fitness journey. I mainly use the treadmill at the end of my workout to get my cardio in. I currently do cardio 3-4 times a week and will mix them up depending on my mood. I usually will do HIIT sprints on the treadmill 2 times a week and pick something from this list the other 2 times a week. I will usually pick the stair master for one and the elliptical for the other day. The treadmill is such an amazing tool for anyone on a weight loss journey. You can do so many different workouts. Some examples of cardio workouts on a treadmill are intervals, tempo speed, long run/jog, running hills, and for overall endurance. Be creative and don’t do the same old boring things every week. I will do HIIT sprints one week and run for distance the next week.

Best Ways to use the Treadmill in a Workout:

  • At the beginning of your workout: Run or walk on the treadmill for 5-10 minutes to warm up your body. Once you get more endurance change up the speeds and incline.
  • In a Cardio Circuit: I will sometimes end a cardio circuit with a 30 second sprint on the treadmill if it is nearby.
  • At the end of a workout: Most of the time I run on the treadmill at the end of my workout. I will do HIIT sprints on the treadmill for 15-20 minutes. Some people like to do their cardio at the beginning of their workout. I like to do it at the end. This is personal preference.\

2. Rowing

Rowing is a good all-body workout with lots of opportunity to burn calories.
The Concept 2 Model D indoor rowing machine is by far and away our favorite machine. We have one and it’s been going strong for more than a year now.

1. Sprinting

The best form of cardio is Sprinting. Sprinting gives you such a good pump and is so good for your body. Sprints outside, on a treadmill, or even up stairs or bleachers are great to burn the most calories in the least amount of time. While steady-state running or jogging burns plenty of calories, increasing your speed and intensity will really pay off. The best way to burn fat with sprinting is to give max effort. If you are outside on the track, try sprinting a lap and then jog a lap. If you are more beginner try sprinting for 30 seconds and then walk the rest of the lap. If you’re on a treadmill, do a HIIT workout with 30 seconds of sprinting and 2 minutes of rest. The 30 seconds of sprinting should be your max effort. You should be breathing hard. Almost all my forms of cardio I will change my intensity to a sprint-like state. I can’t express how beneficial is to any weight loss journey. If you’r’e looking for a top-performing running shoe, we highly recommend the Nike Flyknit models. We mentioned these options above…Women’s Nike Epic React Flyknit is the top of the top. For men, check out the Nike Free Flyknit 4.0. One of our Cardiochick team members ran a marathon in this shoe and raved about its performance. For socks, spend a few extra dollars and invest in some Balega running socks.

Best Ways to use Sprinting in a Workout:

  • At the beginning of your workout: Do 4-6 sprints on the treadmill or outside before you start your workout.
  • In a Cardio Circuit: End a circuit with a sprint or a sled push sprint.
  • In an Outdoor workout: If I do an outdoor workout it almost always consists of some sort of running or sprints.

At the end of a workout: At the end on my workouts on cardio days I usually like to do some sprints. Either on the treadmill or outside.

Cardio Training Tips


Intensity is paramount. As intensity rises, more calories get burned. That’s why high-intensity interval workouts are a great choice for getting shredded and for fat loss. Ways to up the intensity is by interval training, HIIT, sprints, increased incline and by changes in tempo.

Start Gradually

As with any form of training, cardio exercise should be taken slowly during the initial stages of training. Cardio might be new to you. Don’t go out and instantly think you will run 2 miles. It will take time to build up endurance. I only started with cardio 2-3 times a week for 10 minutes. You will eventually get better and be able to do cardio for longer amounts of time. Walking would be a perfect activity for any beginner who just wants to start moving.

Do Not Overdo It

You don’t want to start with doing cardio 6 days a week. I guaranteed you will be tired and lose motivation. This is not true and will end up damaging your body more. Start off slow with cardio with something you enjoy doing. I also would suggest not doing a ton of cardio on intense workout days. If you have a killer leg day pick a form of cardio that will be easy on the legs and body. Trying to do too much will probably have an opposite effect to what is trying to be achieved.

Drink Water

When you are doing cardio make sure you drink plenty of water. I sweat a lot during cardio and need to refuel my body with water. You should check out this list of water bottles at Bicycle New England to help with your decision making.

To get into great shape, it is generally accepted that some form of cardio training will be needed. The type of cardio training will differ per person depending on body type, location, weather season and fitness goals. Go out and find what form of cardio you enjoy. You never want to do something in the gym you detest. I want this to be a lifelong habit. I hope this will help you find the cardio you enjoy doing. And remember to have fun.

7 Best Treadmills

Almost every person trying to lose weight has stepped on a treadmill. I started my yo-yo fitness journey almost 10 years ago and one piece of equipment I have used every time during that journey is a treadmill. During my most recent fitness journey, I’ve researched and used over a dozen treadmills. I have chosen 7 of the best-selling, highest-rated machines priced between $1,299-$2,490.

The best home treadmills are sized for convenience, powered by strong motors and outfitted with just the right features for workout guidance and entertainment. If you purchase the correct treadmill, it will be versatile and will meet the needs of different family members. Most people looking for a treadmill want a piece of equipment that can use at the comfort of being in their own home. They want a gym-like piece of equipment at home. All these treadmills on my list do just that. I’ll also share some additional information about sole treadmills and used treadmills.

Treadmill Technology

The good news is that modern treadmills are advanced, powerful, and can offer you a wide variety of workouts to fit every person’s needs. You can switch up your workouts to include a variety of cardio that includes walking, jogging, sprinting and running. All these forms of cardio will help you lose weight, improve your heart health, gain muscles and increase your endurance. Unfortunately, when you’re at the gym the treadmills are usually filled with tons of people leaping on and off; making it difficult to get your turn. Because of this inconvenience, a lot of people at some point decide to buy their own treadmill. With this in-depth treadmill review, I hope you’ll find the right machine that fits your lifestyle and budget.

Our Top Treadmills

Our top treadmills are listed below. This list has a wide variety of price ranges for everyone’s budget.

1. NordicTrack Commercial 1750

Price: $1487.00
Top Speed: 12 MPH
Key features: Quiet, Self cooling motor, Smart HD touchscreen

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is a consistent top pick in the home treadmill market. It offers many different features to appeal to the avid runner or someone who is just trying to get into better shape. This treadmill has a quiet motor, 22-inch by 60-inch running surface. It also offers the perks of the iFit Coach experience. This membership allows you to workout with elite personal trainers from all over the world, including Australia, Africa and Europe. You can enjoy 12,000 on demand workouts and Google Maps technology.

When it comes to your average Joe trying to get into shape, NordicTrack Commerical 1750 offers real-time performance stat tracking that is perfect for keeping you accountable and motivated. Runners Flex Cushioning quickly allows you to switch the deck suspension from a cushioned surface to help with joint impact. Experience a calorie-torching workout with an incline range from –3% decline to a 15% incline. Other features this treadmill offers are an auxiliary music port, adjustable tablet holder, Autobreeze fans, and an integrated accessory tray.


  • It comes with a one-year NordicTrack iFit membership
  • 12,000-plus on-demand workout videos.
  • Hydraulic shock folding


  • Can be hard to assemble
  • Screen is relatively small
  • Must renew membership after 1 year

2. ProForm SMART Pro 5000

Price: $1,399.00
Top Speed: 12 MPH
Key features: 3-inch integrated speakers, tablet holder to secure your devices

The ProForm SMART Pro 5000 is a high-performing treadmill with many attractive features. It is comparable in many ways to our top pick, the NordicTrack Commercial 1750. They both have very similar features that provide excellent engineering. SMART Pro 5000 treadmill comes with a 1-year membership to iFit coach. This gives you full access to a huge collection of workouts and studio classes that will have you moving in no time.

The hardware has improved drastically from the older models. The SMART Pro 5000’s 22-inch by 60-inch tread belt is upgraded from the last model. This gives you more room to sprint and feel comfortable when grinding out a long run. It has a 4.0 continuous-duty horsepower Mach Z Commercial Plus Motor that is plenty for any at-home workouts. The treadmill itself weighs 291 pounds and measures 77.16 x 39.15 x 70 inches (length, width, height) once assembled. The machine easily folds up. One of the more advanced features is the 7” Smart HD touchscreen display. This makes it easy to follow along all the workouts from your iFit coach.


  • 7” Smart HD touchscreen
  • Strong powerful motor
  • 1-year membership to iFit coach


  • Upgrades cost extra
  • Customer service can disappoint
  • Can be hard to assemble

3. Sole F85 Treadmill

Price: $1999.99
Top Speed: 12 MPH
Key features: Built in speakers, Peak and Valley graphs