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I check out books on CD at my local library and listen on an inexpensive portable CD player while I walk . Losing yourself in a book means losing track of time and I easily double or triple what I had planned! emoticon

CD players can be found for around $20.
- Submitted by DARKSTAR8 8/19/2010 in Exercise | 52 Comments
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LESLIE56 4/4/2012 10:48:00 PM

    I try to read on the exercise bike, forget it. There is no way, I can hold the book steady and read. On the treadmill, I have to put my head so far forward to read, there's no way, I can do that either. Listening sounds just perfect. emoticon so much.
AEHEGE 8/19/2010 12:46:00 PM

    I do the same by downloading books on my phone or mp3 player. Not only does time go quickly, but I look forward to the next part of the book and it gets me out walking. It is good to choose a reader with energy, though, so you keep up your pace!
ANGIEINTRAINING 4/4/2012 8:27:00 AM

    I have doing this for a few years now. I just have to make sure I get a book that has a great reader so my pace doesn't slow down.
GISELE86 8/19/2010 6:05:00 PM

    I record my class lecture's and listen to them while I walk, should never stop reading completley but I sure do remember more this way.
GRALAN 3/15/2014 8:39:00 PM

    I listen to books on tape while browsing the internet, doing crafts, cooking, but never thought to take it on the road. Wow. This is great.
PROPMAN1 3/5/2014 1:25:00 PM

    the original treadmill i walked on hand a place that held a book/magazine so you could read...someone broke this machine so more reading and walkng. music/tv is now my workout (walking) partner.
DELLMEL 3/4/2014 7:41:00 AM

    Great. Thanks
BANNERMAN 3/4/2014 12:58:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
BETRHO48 3/3/2014 8:11:00 PM

    This is a fantastic idea!
WOOFERCOALBOY 3/3/2014 4:33:00 PM

    I congratulate you that you can walk smoothly enough for this to work. I can't.
RAESUN54 3/3/2014 1:40:00 PM

    I think I will try this sometime while I am walking on the treadmill. Thanks for the suggestion.

DSHONEYC 3/3/2014 10:58:00 AM

    I download books from the library to my IPOD and listen to adventure or mystery stories every morning on my 40 minute walk/jog. I look forward to it every day cause I get engrossed in my "book". Doesn't cost me a thing, either, just a little time going online to get the "book". I use books on CD during my commute, but for a different reason. When traffic is bad I don't mind cause I am into my book. No more road rage!
LOVINGKATE 3/3/2014 9:46:00 AM

    emoticon Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon
SJKENT1 3/3/2014 9:12:00 AM

    What a great idea
VAINVT 3/3/2014 8:24:00 AM

    Me too. I have a little MP3 player, comfortable headphones, and get more than half my reading done on the elliptical. It makes me look forward to exercise.
MRSTAZMAYO 3/3/2014 5:54:00 AM

    I read on my Nook while using the recumbent bike. It does make the time fly!
JACKSMOM1114 11/11/2013 1:37:00 PM

    I cant wait to try this! emoticon emoticon emoticon
MRSRIGS1 11/9/2013 1:06:00 PM

    GREAT idea! Thank you!
LCRUMLEY81 11/8/2013 9:23:00 PM

    love this idea
AMBER461 11/8/2013 9:01:00 PM

    Great idea, thanks for sharing.
BANNERMAN 11/8/2013 4:34:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing.
DELLMEL 11/8/2013 4:33:00 PM

    Great idea.
CLARALAW 11/8/2013 4:31:00 PM

    Great idea! emoticon
1LAZYCOOK 11/8/2013 8:06:00 AM

    That's a great idea as long as people don't get so lost in the book they can't be aware of their surroundings when walking outside.
VAINVT 11/8/2013 8:01:00 AM

    I do this while I walk and sometimes while I work in the garden or clean the house. These are the only times I let myself listen to the book, so it becomes a 'treat'.
POETLKNG2LOSE 4/12/2012 6:11:00 PM

    Great idea! you can probably get more books done this way than just reading. I like Ginger89's comment about class lectures since i am in college now.
MISSILENE 4/7/2012 5:13:00 AM

    mp3player love it. cd player= I bounce too much
LEANMEAN2 4/5/2012 7:31:00 AM

FRIENDOFBACH 4/4/2012 11:53:00 PM

    Great idea!
WATCHINW8 4/4/2012 8:56:00 PM

    Thanks, good info!
SLIMMINJENN 4/4/2012 6:57:00 PM

    great idea
BANNERMAN 4/4/2012 6:28:00 PM

    Thanks Great idea.
LREIGLE 4/4/2012 5:47:00 PM

    Oh I never thought of that, great idea!
AUNTB63 4/4/2012 5:00:00 PM

    Many good books will get listened to this spring and summer by all.
GOING2LOSENOW 4/4/2012 3:01:00 PM

    I do this both walking and doing data entry work- makes time go by much faster!
CHERYLSBUTT 4/4/2012 1:59:00 PM

    This is a great idea, I think I might buy my mom a portable cd player and then choose books for her at the library. What a great way to help someone with cataracts and other reading problems.
Thanks for giving me a creative wat to help her manage the changes of aging!
WALKSINLIGHT 4/4/2012 11:45:00 AM

    love it ! even my music is getting a bit boring so a book would be a great way to fill that exercise time - thanks !
MIKEYCO 4/4/2012 11:34:00 AM

    As others have mentioned you can download to you phone or MP3 player. However, if you don't have either of these things check with your local library. Mine offers books on their own MP3 player.
GINGERVISTA 4/4/2012 10:56:00 AM

    Wow, great idea! emoticon
DEARTOMYHEART 4/4/2012 9:53:00 AM

    Great idea!!! Just remember to keep your form. emoticon emoticon
HYATTI1 4/4/2012 9:53:00 AM

    Audio books sounds great.
SHOYER 4/4/2012 9:26:00 AM

    I've tried reading while on the treadmill and it just doesn't work for me. I like listening to the radio (especially sports broadcasts) while walking outside, but I don't often do that because I want to be aware of my surroundings -- especially traffic when I need to cross streets.
JILLWABLE 4/4/2012 8:48:00 AM

    My Nook comes in really handy for this.
MOONCHILD8 4/4/2012 8:43:00 AM

    Thank you for sharing this tip. I will try it and go to the library. Thanks again, Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon
JMUTCHLER 4/4/2012 8:33:00 AM

    I do the same thing. I love it...but then again, I listed to audiobooks on my iPod when I clean, driving into & home the office. I'm addicted, so it's good that borrowing the books is free!
CMORISAK 4/4/2012 6:54:00 AM

    neat idea
ANGIEBEE312 4/4/2012 6:49:00 AM

    Kindle works for me along with audio books or sometimes it's Text-To-Speech function - pretty neat! I've lost 20 pounds by walking + tracking my food on SparkPeople <3 Have a lovely day, everyone! ;)
MACMOM57 4/4/2012 6:26:00 AM

    I just check out a really neat player from the library all I had to add was a battery and my head phones. It really is nice to walk and listen.
1HOTTAMALE 4/4/2012 5:10:00 AM

    great idea!!!! I had hooked up a book holder on my tredmill, and really enjoyed reading while I walkes
d. my treadmill finally pooped out and I cant afford a new one- I love this tip!
SELF-LOVE 8/19/2010 5:54:00 PM

    great idea and good comments.
CONNIE1-11 8/19/2010 1:16:00 PM

AIMIE32 8/19/2010 12:58:00 PM

    yeah, i am so glad you didn't say reading while on the treadmill... i've had the worst crick in my neck from that this week!!! NEVER AGAIN!

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