I LOVE my iPod!!! I have Yurbuds ear buds, and they let me hear my music with out blocking out the ambient noise, which is pretty important for me since I ride my bike. I don't have a set play list, just a group of about 50 songs that I put on shuffle. Not knowing what is going to play next can really be a boost.
Music is a great distraction, and a pleasurable one at that. I have my iPhone 5 now and my gym has wifi, so I now also watch PBS documentaries and German television shows or HBO shows on my iPhone while I'm on the elliptical. Without music or films, that elliptical gets extremely tedious after about 10 minutes. Yesterday I watched a German film and before I knew it I had been on the elliptical for more than an hour!
I work in a retail store and have to listen to music all day long, good music but by the end of my shift I've had enough of it . When I walk I want some peace & quiet to I walk outside rather than at the gym. I like music for step aerobics but it drives me nuts during yoga.
I don't do the gym, but the way I recreate myself is dance.....I adore to dance and there's no such good gym, fitness or whatever like dance... to bring my body and spirit in the shape I want and in state of mind I want. I dance even than when I do ironning or just cleaning windows...I can't imagine to do anything without my music and, depends what I'm doing at the moment...dance music, latino, hard rock or hip hop....
I honestly would NOT survive any of my workouts if it wasn't for my handy dandy Ipod. Especially while I'm running or on the elliptical. If I get that mood where I'm just too tired and want to stop, just the click of a button to the next song and BAM, I'm ready for round 2...It is packed with all sorts of different genres of music that just keep me going! I have different playlists specifically for my workouts and even podcasts to listen to. Love it!!
I have a playlist on my phone that I use for exercise. It mostly dance tunes and other fast-paced songs. The built-in media player on my Windows Phone did not have a way to shuffle playlists, so I wrote an app to do that and it works great. Anyone with a Windows Phone can get it free here: http://bit.ly/qVQCL0
On my long runs I sing out loud while I'm running. It keeps me on pace because if I'm going too fast I can't sing, and it keeps me energized because I love rocking out to my favorite tunes on a run! When a great song comes on I get an extra boost of energy and I just belt it out.
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