I regularly do a 4 mile lockdown walk, sometimes in silence, sometimes with a carefully selected playlist at top volume. The difference it makes to the time it takes me is remarkable. With music usually knocks around 15 minutes off. I can’t help thinking if Lance Armstrong had discovered Bob Seeger, Bruce, Tom Petty etc. he wouldn’t have got into so much trouble.
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I can't do household chores without music. That mundane, mind numbing crap is only bearable (and, for me, even doable) with my noise cancelling headphones on and some tunes pumping.
Ironically, as much a part of my life as music is, and as much as I love cycling, I can't combine the two passions. I couldn't imagine riding with earphones or earbuds, and when I ride somewhere with a person playing music on a bike (usually with those JBL bluetooth type speakers) I get annoyed...
But I cannot drive without music playing. I've gone from radio to cassette to CD (In the car!!!!) to now having a few tiny 128gb thumb drives which contain near as dammit all my most important music in lossless format. Recently drove 1000 kilometers without getting through a quarter of one memory drive.
I can't run without music. A couple of times when I had forgotten my headphones at work, I didn't even go for my run. I couldn't force myself...
Driving also, and housekeeping, gardening.. Cooking... Working..
The only time I can't stand music is while having sex. 🙂
Once I got back into working out from home, I thought about simply having the telly on even for news, something that distracts me from the workout in a way but it didn't cut it - I can even listen to songs I don't like if they come on, I just need music. Would never be able to drive in silence either, the car needs the tunes pumped out.
I am a podcast devotee during perambulation.
I have a few running playlists that I deploy occasionally, but when walking I'm also invariably accompanied by at least one canine so need to be able to listen for background noise.
I never listen to music on my walks, I like to hear the sound of birds, water etc, plus I am usually responsible for a dog! I do, however, have to listen to music to make the treadmill at all bearable and you are quite right, it definitely makes the time appear to go quicker! I thought I might be able to listen to books/plays etc but that just doesn't work at all.
The other time I have to have music on is when I am driving - can't stand driving in silence.
Yepper, for those who may feel as though physical activity is merely a chore and something they find hard to be motivated about, if you're a music lover the difference can be astonishing - me on the ellipitcal thinking half hour will take eternity, then I hear some good tunes and viola, it's like I only had to do 20 minutes instead of 30. Could never, ever work out in any capacity without music, even for the rythym alone.