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YRAKAT Posts: 40
8/20/09 8:53 A

This is a great idea for the days in the gym when I'm doing a long run on the treadmill. Going for distance rather than speed. And the songs on my MP3 player are so random that I find myself speeding up with the fast songs and downward adjusting on the slower songs. An audiobook makes perfect sense and would easily lend itself to an even keeled run! Can't wait to try it!

8/20/09 8:53 A

OK, I am really not a fan of audiobooks, BUT now I think I may try the Harry Potter books! I've been wanting to read them for years and since the audiobooks get such great reviews, maybe I'll give them a try. :)

(I just have a hard time paying attention, that's my main problem! lol)

CASEYFM SparkPoints: (0)
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8/20/09 8:49 A

Great idea! I've always listened to music while exercising but when I'm running I'm having trouble continuing..I've been thinking listening to a podcast would keep my mind off of the agony I'm in. I'll have to try audiobooks, too! Thanks for the great tip!

MEGSED Posts: 181
8/20/09 6:34 A

I LOVE the Harry Potter audio books. They are amazing, I could listen to them over and over.

My advice- make sure the volume on your mp3 player will go loud enough, I always have to put the audio books on full blast because I can't hear them with all the background noice while exercising.

8/20/09 1:36 A

I think I'm going to start using audio books too!

They really help to pass the time. (I tried it for the first time today). =)

WINDLEG Posts: 556
8/5/09 6:21 P

I am addicted to them! I pick them up at our local public library. It makes my runs go by so quickly, and they motivate me to go a little further so that I don't stop in the middle of a chapter.

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8/5/09 6:15 P

Thank you for the suggestion - what a great idea! emoticon

KRISTY7746 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/5/09 4:32 P

I love audio books. I also listen to them on long drives. also offers many audio books for free. I can find anything I need as long as the material is in the public domain. I highly suggest that site.

Its amazing how many books I have found that I always wanted to read. It is so easy to get into the book that 200 have been burned and you don't know it.

Good luck to everyone in all their endeavours. emoticon

Edited by: KRISTY7746 at: 8/13/2009 (19:15)
NEWMOM06 Posts: 61
8/5/09 4:04 P

I started listening to podcasts lately. It really helps me not pay attention to the time. :) Though, I love blood-pumping-music, too, for runs.

KODIESUE Posts: 193
8/5/09 3:56 P

What an amazing idea! I was just talking to friend about audio books (he loves them, I never listen to them because I feel like my actual books might find out and think I have betrayed them :)), but it never occurred to me to listen while I run. I get SO BORED that this might do the trick.


PWRHSE2 Posts: 3,549
8/5/09 3:34 P

I never heard of that, but what a great idea.
I am one who needs my music on my Ipod while working out, I'm such a dork that if my music stops I am done with my workout and can't continue. Silly I know but that's what keeps me motivated to continue

BRITOMART Posts: 7,862
8/5/09 3:24 P

I listen to audiobooks while treadmilling, walking, or driving--one thing I've learned: don't get TOO involved in the story, at least while driving/walking outside, or you can get into trouble. I've missed my turn-off once, and one time ended up in a strange neighborhood walking.
Now I try to pick ones I have to think about, but not ones with really exciting plots.
Anyway, I prefer ab to music any day.

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8/5/09 2:41 P

I do that too. It was especially great while I was training for my marathon. It made those 3 hour runs more bearable.

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8/5/09 2:20 P

That is a BRILLIANT idea.

Thanks so much for posting it!


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8/5/09 2:02 P

I know a lot of people listen to pumped up music to keep them motivated and energetic while exercising, but I've started listening to audiobooks while going for my morning run/walk and it's really been helpful.

You can download some on iTunes or through websites like and put them on your iPod or MP3 player.

I won't listen when I'm not running, so it really makes me want to get out and run just so I can listen to another chapter!

Not only that, but I always wish I read more but never have the time to just sit down and read.

Has anyone else tried listening to audiobooks while exercising?

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