A fantastic way to boost your run is a playlist of powerful music. A song can do more than just motivate you, it can also be a valuable tool to increase your stride rate which can reduce risk of injury. Until the Walkman kicked off the ability to sport portable recordings of your own, there was not an option to run with music in your ears. As the technology evolved and iPods, smartphones and streaming music apps emerged, it has become easier to listen to music on the run. With new devices like Mighty you can even listen to Spotify on the go without your phone. Hitting the treadmill with a fresh playlist can fill your strides with miles of motivated beats.
Music can draw your attention away from what you're doing and increase your risk of literally running into a dangerous situation like vehicles, unwelcome strangers, or a parking meter. Distracted exercising can be compared to texting while driving.
Safety concerns such as controlling your heart rate, breathing patterns, and being able to hear are also valid considerations. If you are running indoors on a treadmill at the gym it's one thing to want to tune out the sounds of the people working out next to you, but having the safety of knowing someone can’t sneak up on you or getting startled when someone passes you is a valid consideration when running outdoors. Are music and headphones at fault or is it something deeper ?
I love music and fitness. Music in Motion explores the convergence of the two!
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