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Media While Working Out, A Good Distraction?

Most of us need some sort of distraction while working out. Be it an iPod, tv or newspaper, whatever as long as it takes the focus off the actual working out process.

A recent report on CNN found that these distractions are great, as long as you're not training for a race or some athletic competition. The reason is that if you are training, you really need to be extremely in tune with your body (and your breathing) and being in tune with your iPod could prevent that. A lot of marathons do not allow runners to use music, so if you're planning on running a marathon anytime soon, you may want to ween off the music.

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HelenG HelenG 6 years
cant live without my ipod.
tra tra 9 years
I need at least music or I'd give up or get bored after 10 minutes!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Yeah seriously, I can't imagine getting on the treadmill or elliptical sans music/tv/magazine. How boring would that be?!
riotgeek riotgeek 9 years
I absolutely need some sort of media distraction (not really "distraction" - accompaniment is more appropriate) when I work out each morning. I like either listening to my iPod or having the news channel on. It makes the time go faster and when I'm finding it particularly tough it helps to make it easier to get through.
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