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You Asked: Any Ideas for Music and Running?

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Dear Fit,
I am interested in possibly getting an iPod or something similar to use when I work out. I never jumped on the whole iPod train in the first place because the idea of having to pick out songs doesn't appeal to me, since I don't really know what to pick. That's why I like Sirius satellite radio. It exposes me to new music and I don't have to do anything but turn it on. I'd definitely get an iPod to work out with IF there was some sort easy way to download suggested playlists for working out.

—In Need of Tunes Tara

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This is an awesome question since so many people love working out to music. With all the new technology out there, it's hard to know what will best suit your needs. You have two options:

  • Get an iPod nano - This tiny device can hold either 1,000 songs ($149) or 2,000 songs ($199). It's better to run with a nano rather than a regular iPod, since it uses flash memory and has no moving parts (regular iPods contain a mini hard drive that spins and jolting it around could cause damage). If you get a nano, you can copy all your own favorite music into the iTunes library on your computer, make playlists, and then put them on your nano. OR you can download Sport iMixes from iTunes (you have to buy them for around $15 a playlist).

    Another cool thing about owning an iPod nano is that you can buy the Nike + iPod Sports Kit ($29). It comes with a receiver that attaches to your nano and a sensor you wear on your shoe. You can buy Nike + specific sneakers that hold the sensor or you can wear your fave sneakers and attach the sensor with this holder. Then when you run, it keeps track of the time, distance, speed and calories burned. You can even upload your runs to and track your progress. I use it every time I run and it totally motivates me.

  • If you don't want to deal with your computer and downloading playlists, and you love Sirius radio, you can purchase portable Sirius radios to run with. The Stiletto 10 ($149.99) allows you to listen to live radio and it can store up to 10 hours of recorded programming. The Stiletto 100 ($199.99) offers a little bit more for your money. You can listen to live radio and store up to 100 hours of pre-recorded programs. You can also go online and purchase music that you can store on it. Sirius portable radios are great if you like your tunes to be a surprise. Just so you know though, after you buy the radio, you still need to pay around $13 a month for the service.

Those are two great options to help incorporate music into your workouts. Just make sure you choose something that will be easy to use and don't be afraid to ask for help. This technology stuff can be hard to figure out at first, but once you learn how, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Fit's Tips: If you're looking for other ideas for music playlists, every week FitSugar posts a playlist and you check them all out here.


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legallyblonde legallyblonde 9 years
I have an (older) ipod shuffle that I take with me when I go running. It has survived several long runs. It's durable, small and very light!
kkbutler kkbutler 9 years
I think on itunes there is a place where users can create and share playlists. You could always do a search for work out music or something to that effect if you want suggestions from others. That way you don't have to worry about selecting music yourself.
ishop2much ishop2much 9 years
I agree! I love sirius radio, because it exposes me to songs I loved growing up, that I haven't heard in years, and to new songs before they get popular and played out!!!
anned anned 9 years
I teach group exercise and often members ask for my cd's so I am constantly loaning out, but I always ask for a cd in exchange. that way I get exposure to new music and I can include it on my next mix to keep them motivated when they hear "their song." I do the same with clients and friends-a mix cd always makes a great gift!
rosey_y rosey_y 9 years
I love any Ministry of Sound album for good workout music. It's all high energy dance music and there are about a billion different albums out there so there's a lot of variety. I hate listening to the same songs over and over!
sunshyne sunshyne 9 years
FitSugar, Can you make a PLOW for emergencies...for when you're running and you want to quit, it gets so hard, you're entering a challenging leg of your course, or you just need to finish the last part of your run? Thanks!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
i do the same thing with my nano! listen to it in the car and in the gym on shuffle! :)
lintacious lintacious 9 years
i just put a bunch of upbeat songs on my nano and don't really change it or mess with it much. i can't remember the last time i put new songs on it. i never get through them all and i listen to it in my car every day! i leave it on shuffle when im running and if something comes on that i dont feel like running to, i'll just hit next.
syako syako 9 years
Yeah I have a portable XM radio. I don't use the portable capabilities as much since I have a smaller mp3 player, but I can record xm music on my portable xm and I can listen to the recorded music at the gym. Just remember that you have to be in satellite range to get satellite radio. That's why when you're indoors it's nice to be able to have that recorded music.
Beaner Beaner 9 years
I absolutely love my nano. I couldn't work out without it. I have the Nike + Sports Kit too and I love knowing how fast I'm going, how much time has pased by, and how far I've run by pressing the center button on the iPod. You don't even have to look at the screen becasue a womn's voice comes on over your music and tells you your stats. Very cool. A must have for me.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
i love my ipod for working out.. i just make a work out playlist! and put it on when i get to the gym and away i go!!.. soo i just pick good music that keeps me pumped!! :) haha i love it! and that way you dont have to listen to the music that the gym likes lol
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Neat! I didn't know you could buy a portable Sirus radio!
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