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Picking Workout Music

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

My brother-in-law and I were both trying to recommend music for my mom's runs. He was suggesting metal with no singing, whereas I was recommending fast music with words since I know my mom sings along in her head. In the end, she told us what she liked to listen to, and it didn't resemble either of out plans.

As I go through my music to select playlists to run, I realize that I am not always in the same "running mood." Sometimes I like really fast and angry songs that I can just pound the pavement with, and sometimes I like slower songs that make me feel like I'm running toward something.

There is no failproof playlist that is going to work for everyone. (I am fairly sure that 97% of people would not enjoy running to my playlists.) In the end, you need to run to what YOU want to run to. For some people, slower music actually makes them run faster. Find what works for you. If fast metal music makes your head feel like gravy, find something else to run to.

You also need not have only one playlist to run with. Like I said, I often prefer different playlists, so I have three or four that I switch between. Depending on your mood, you might run better with different music. Again, make sure you run to what works for you, no matter what anybody else tells you.

The point here is that people will tell you will "absolutely" work for your runs, but only you can decide what you like to listen to while working out. Work out with the music you like, not what someone else thinks will make you faster. Just my two cents.
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    I agree 100%. Depends on my mood. Funny, though, when I listen to the things I loved as a teenager (Beatles, surfing music, etc.) I swear I feel like a teen again. Does your mom run to the music she loved as a teen and young adult??
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