How To Have fun with music while running!
Running has become a popular past time and now you can have fun with music while running thanks to a number of wonderful portable devices. Music can be wonderfully inspiring and can buoy you along, inspiring you to greater heights as you pound the pavement. Music can be a wonderful distraction whilst running, making a five mile run feel like a five second run as you hum along to your favourite tune.
Part of the fun of heading out for your morning run can be in looking forward to listening to your favourite music. It can be a backdrop to the rhythm you set for yourself while running, so be careful not to start your run with music that is too up tempo as you can injure yourself if you are not properly warmed up.
Music has inspired man since the very first time that it entered the consciousness of man to create music, whether by banging a rock against a stick or using his own voice box as an instrument. In every great story throughout history, music has played a pivotal role and who has not been reminded of a milestone in their lives by a particular melody?
So, music is a great tool for you to use while enjoying your morning run. Today’s wonderful modern technology gives you such equipment as the iPod, a miraculously tiny device which can store thousands of your favourite tracks and weights almost nothing. It can be conveniently clipped to your clothing so that its does not hinder your movement. Cycling through your track list is easy with a simple interface system that makes accessing your music a pleasure.
Ear buds bring the music from the device to your ears. These fit discreetly into the ears so that you can listen to your music without disturbing others. You can use the tempo of the music to set the rhythm of your running. This is great for starting off your running routine at a slow, relaxed pace, as a warm up. As you continue along your running route, switch to something with a medium tempo as you feel your muscles warming up and your heart rate escalating.
When you are on the last stretch of your run, switch to a more high-energy tune to speed you along your route. Once you have reached your destination, switch back to something more laid back for the cool down. This is an important part of your exercise routine. You should always include cool down stretches after your run, to ensure that you do not get muscle spasms and to let your heart rate slow naturally rather than running flat out and coming to an abrupt and unexpected halt.
To have fun with music while running is the easiest thing in the world. Music lightens your heart, gets your endorphins flowing and improves your mood. Couple this with regular exercise in the form of running and you are guaranteed to start your day off in a wonderfully positive frame of mind.
A good choice for a music player is to select an MP3 player over a CD player, which is likely to skip, especially with the jogging motion of running. A mere 128MB MP3 player can contain up to 2 hours of music and some have an FM receiver so you can listen to the radio as well. Some MP3 players can play for 4 hours or longer though its doubtful whether you’ll begin your day with a 4 hour run! It is far better as a storage device which will give you the option to play all your favourite tunes, depending on your mood.
You can have, at your fingertips, your entire music collection, saved in MP3 format onto a device no bigger than the centre of your palm, to enjoy anytime and anywhere, but more specifically, when you are enjoying your morning run. Alternate your route with different music and with such a wonderful device available, no two runs need ever be the same, musically speaking.
If you are running in a race you will have to check with the event organisers beforehand if it is permissible to listen to music while running or not. Some event organisers will allow it and some will not. It is always best to check beforehand, particularly if you are accustomed to running listening to music. Having fun with music while running will certainly highlight the difference for you if you have to now run a race or marathon without the accompaniment of your favourite musicians.
You may find running without music to be quite a different scenario. If you cannot take along your favourite music, then improvise! The mind is a wonderful tool and you can use it to create the music in your mind. Just hum a few bars of your favourite song or recall the lyrics to one of your more motivational tunes and instantly your mind will be flooded with happy images associated with these songs. The memory is a strange creature, giving one the ability to recall certain events, particularly if they are connected to sound or music.
You could run an entire marathon and have fun with music while running even if there is no actual music to be heard. Simply close your eyes for a moment and recall that song and its associated happy memory. It could be something as simple as you jogging along your favourite route with your mind filled with the sounds of that one happy tune that brightens your entire day and in an instant, you are there!
The music can buoy you, encourage you along your route even if you cannot literally hear it. Just imagine how the effects of your favourite song will encourage you to achieve greater performance as you make your way towards the finish line!