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What you listen to when you walk or run

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I'm one of those "old" people who actually doesn't own an ipod. I'm thinking about getting one, but I haven't done it yet. I do think it would be nice to have when I'm exercising, and have the beat of the music match my pace. Right now, if I'm outside, I don't listen to anything. At the gym, they have music playing over the loudspeaker (not loud), but usually I'm watching the TV (reading the closed captioning) or watching the other people exercising, and not really listening to anything in particular. Yesterday I took my discman with me and listened to a book on CD while I was on the treadmill. I always have books on CD checked out from the library because it takes me at least 45 minutes to get to work every day, so I listen to them in the car. It was kind of fun listening to the book on the treadmill. It was a distraction, so it made the time go by faster. I was thinking about the story rather than how much time I had spent walking. I wouldn't want to do it every time, but it made for a nice change.

For those of you who do have an ipod, I'd be interested to know how you pick what to listen to while you walk or run. Do you just listen to songs you like? Do you try to match your pace in any way? If so, how do you do that? Any advice on buying an ipod or other mp3 player? Thanks!
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    I definitely prefer having music when I'm working out - especially at the gym. While I do also tend to watch the TV subtitles if I'm doing something like the elliptical, I still find that listening to music - especially faster-paced music - motivates me to get more out of my workout and also makes the time go by faster. I like to listen to something with a fast beat, often dance music or sometimes pop or rock, sometimes even upbeat bluegrass. When I'm lifting or stretching, I don't really have a preference; it's sometimes nice to have something a little slower or more luxurious to match the moment. The only time I sometimes prefer not to have music is running - it's nice to hear the birds and the sounds of my feet on the pavement! It reminds me how far I've come! If you decide to invest, then it will be your turn to tell us what you're listening to! :)
    3844 days ago
    I prefer to hear the sounds of nature including oncoming traffic. You put yourself in a vulnerable position when you walk or run with headphones.
    3844 days ago
    I have a variety of books, MotionTraxx workouts (those are awesome---and free), sermons, and music, of course. I actually don't mind having slower music mixed in. If I'm not in the mood, I skip it. Often, though, it comes on when I need to relax my mind. The beat is often steady enough to maintain a tempo, but my brain sometimes needs to stop thinking about going fast...
    3845 days ago
    I don't have one either that is an IPOD or an MP3 player! I like to listen to the outdoor sounds around me! However, when I don't really want to exercise it could be a motivator! I would listen to songs that lift me up and get me going!
    3845 days ago
    I have alot of Kate Nash and Lily Allen on my mp3 player right now.
    3845 days ago
    I have a little Sansa Clip- it's an MP3 player that costs about $30- much cheaper than an IPod... and it's VERY simple to use which helps when you're not techno savvy such as myself :) It's also really tiny (almost matchbox size) so it fits anywhere I need it to. I listen to different things for different types of workouts. I am trying to learn to run right now and I need a LOT of motivation to keep me running for distances so I tend to pick songs that have a fast beat and that have applicable lyrics! For strength stuff, I tend to just pick things I like. They also have lots of down loadable playlists for running or exercising at different intensities that group songs on their beats per minutes. I haven't gotten any yet but know many friends that swear by them! Good luck but don't give up on your books- I'm also a HUGE fan of borrowing books on CD to listen to at the gym as well :) Sometimes you just need the distraction!
    3845 days ago
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    For me personally it is music I like (my taste would likely be different than yours). It needs to be upbeat for me to keep me motivated. Though I say if you like listening to a book on cd or what not it is totally your personal preference I think. emoticon
    3845 days ago
    Songs totally have to have a fast beat. Slow songs or ballads do NOT work! I don't know what genre of music you are used to, but some of my favs are Back In Black by AC/DC, Walk This Way by Aerosmith, I Will Survive and The Distance by Cake, tons of other stuff.

    I have to load my IPod specifically for my jog, so there are no slow songs on it.
    3845 days ago
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