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Do You Listen to Music When You Exercise Outside?

Sometimes, going for a run is just an excuse to listen to my favorite playlists on my iPod. The beat of the music keeps pushing me along and the lyrics entertain me. Other times, I like to run without music and listen to the birds chirping, my stride and my breath. I feel more aware of my surroundings too.

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Baby_Jatti Baby_Jatti 9 years
I don't really run much outside I usually just stick to the treadmill at the gym but either way I always need my ipod, I can not run without my ipod.
youroneliner youroneliner 10 years
my ipod is pretty much glued to me at all times. Most of the time it's the only reason I do any exercising. I get so bored without it.
pynkpuffy pynkpuffy 10 years
running outside. no. i dont listen to my ipod.i need to be aware of my surrounding. i get paranoid/scared if there are people running/walking overtaking me. and also i love the sound of nature.haha. but exercising in the gym (treadmill etc)yes, i need to have my ipod.
moonsafari moonsafari 10 years
I've tried running outside with my music on but I can hardly hear it without putting the music on high volume. By then, I'm too scared to harm my ears so I don't listen to music while exercising outside anymore.
kikidior kikidior 10 years
yep gotta have the music to push me beyond
Basma Basma 10 years
Yes - I always listen to music when I workout outside. It's a MUST!
Bruyere Bruyere 10 years
I think it's fine either way. I ran without music for a long time, even after iPods came out. I now use the music to get me out there if I'm having a hard time convincing myself, or I leave it at home when I want to think. Running with music can be a great distraction, but running without it can give you some time to yourself without any interruptions. I also don't think it's that dangerous to run with music. I've lived in huge cities and I feel like you are ultra aware of your surroundings when you are running, with or without the iPod. I guess it's just different for everyone.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
I alternate. Sometimes I need to just gather my thoughts because I'm frustrated, and I'll run without my iPod then, but most of the time, I really need the music to get my going, esp. if I know my run is going to be monotonous. But I always take out one or both earbuds when I'm about to cross the street, etc.
missro21 missro21 10 years
No iPod. No working out. iPod is a must.
br0wneyed9irl00 br0wneyed9irl00 10 years
erin214, i completely agree. running outside with headphones on is too dangerous, it's not worth the risk. but i don't usually run, i'm a rower. so when i'm on the lake, i love listening to the boat move through the water. rowing is a fantastic sport--you ladies should check it out. don't assume you'll get man arms--it's actually using your legs, and a great cardio in addition! the lake i row at has a dozen of herons and some resident bald eagles--how can you beat that? certainly not on a track or running in the city.
LiviNikki LiviNikki 10 years
When I'm in familiar territory, I'm all about the iPod. However, if I'm near heavy traffic or on a trail, I prefer to listen to my surroundings.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
My iPod is older and heavier. I really enjoy the sounds of nature (assuming I'm in an area that provides it).
chouchou1 chouchou1 10 years
Always always always. I work out alone because that is my "me" time and I find music makes it so much easier. The only times I wouldn't have it would be if I forgot (gasp!) or the battery died. And Erin, iPods aren't illegal in races... or I think it would be very rare. I have run two marathons and a handful of other races and always worn my iPod. So do most other people, it seems!
Curious-Alice Curious-Alice 10 years
My iPod IS my running partner.
sweet_potato sweet_potato 10 years
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
It depends on my mood. :)
Erin214 Erin214 10 years
It so terrible and dangerous to run with an Ipod on. You can't hear someone coming or cars. I live in a big city and I think people wearing ipods are sitting (running) ducks for someone to grab them and mug them. I never use it. It's also illegal in a race to wear an ipod, so if you are training for something and feel as if you can't run without it, you will have a hard time on race day! That said, if I have to run on the treadmill or use the elliptical at the gym, I won't touch either one without my Ipod.
Lavinie Lavinie 10 years
i love listening to music when i'm running outdoors.. i swear the music is like this invisible hand that pushes me from behind that helps every step i take.
lindaloo lindaloo 10 years
I don't run (horrible knees) but when I walk my dogs, or do the elliptical at the gym or mow my grass, music is a must. I love that it makes me walk faster or work out harder and stay motivated.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 10 years
I'm still very much a beginning runner, so I use my music as a timer. I might walk for one song, run for two, walk for one, and do intervals for one (run for the first verse, walk for the chorus, run during the second verse and the bridge, etc.). I know I should just wear a watch like normal people, but I hate wearing watches.
söderskär söderskär 10 years
I listen to music whenever I go out alone, whether I'm running, biking, Nordic walking, roller blading, walking my dog, going to work, grocery shopping, on my way to meet my friends, all the time.
SU3 SU3 10 years
Yes. I need it to keep me pumped up! But I don't have it too loud so that I am still able to hear what is going around me.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Music gives me a rhythm to work out to.
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