10 Do's and Dont's.
Beginners' commandments - in a nutshell
"9. DON’T wear headphones when running outdoors. They tune you out from your surroundings, making you more vulnerable to all sorts of hazards including cars, bikes, dogs and criminals."
This in my opinion is utter rubbish; in fact the opportunity to run with music is one of the reasons that these last five years, since I started running have been so enjoyable. Those who exercise to music use 70% les oxygen than usual, if you have a real passion for music and pick the right tunes to run to, it will improve your efficiency. Also don’t feel that you need to keep the tempo over 120 beats per min, in a simple 4:4 pattern, to take advantage of this, but vary your playlist and experiment with down beats in unusual time signatures or indeed simple ambient music with no percussion at all. I've had just as sublime experiences with music running then I have going to live gigs, even if this has meant braving those "hazards" of cars, bikes, dogs and criminals (what???).
Posted: 07/02/2009 at 22:36