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What Do You Listen to During a Workout?

What Do You Listen to While You Work Out?

There's nothing like a fast upbeat tune to accompany any workout, but sometimes what keeps you going is a good book. I've recently been trying out audiobooks for my treadmill runs, and so far I'm a fan of "reading" while running.

Associating my runs with a book means that I'm always eager to keep going, so I'll find out how a suspenseful chapter will end or because I'm in the middle of listening to a humorous story. It also helps me look forward to a workout even when I'm telling myself there are many other things I'd rather be doing.

I still like to exercise to music (not to mention reality TV), but lately listening to David Sedaris essays on my iPod has been my motivator (and not only that, has kept me in a good mood while roaming the gym!). What do you like to listen to while you work out?

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Susi-May Susi-May 6 years
I have been thinking that for my long runs, books on tape might be good.
karinacocina karinacocina 6 years
i listen to the music playing at the gym when i'm there but on my outside runs nature is my music :) if i'm at my parents home gym i love listening to my ipod at @ffitcoach Tamborine is one of the best workout songs for me too!!
rebelkate rebelkate 6 years
I do my runs listening to podcasts. Music bores me while podcasts keep me entertained with something new and different every time.
ffitcoach ffitcoach 6 years
My two favorite songs to pump up the energy are 'Tambourine' by Eve and 'Bring the Noise' by Anthrax and Public Enemy. If I'm trying to convince myself to work out, anything by Tina Turner gets me to put my workout clothes on.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I've tried other things, but I need music!
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 6 years
I recently discovered that I get in my best treadmill runs when I'm watching something musical on TV, like America's Best Dance Crew. That way I'm distracted from counting down the minutes and still have a good beat to run to.
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