I’m not sure about other people, but without my music, I’d have a seriously hard time getting through my cardio.
I know cardio is important – not just for weight loss or maintenance, but for my organs, my body as a whole, and my emotional state! So three times a week I hop on the spin bike and jam for about 50 minutes.
I used to do a lot more but with added Martial Arts classes, and weightlifting, anything BEYOND this is far too much – it’s a delicate balance and each person has to feel out the best approach and volume. For me, four rounds of tabata thrown into peddling seems to help. My sprints aren’t always ultra difficult – I try to do enough, but not so overboard that I can get through four-minute (eight set) rounds.
But to get me there in the first place…I put in my buds and set the iPod to shuffle. I like not knowing what will come on, and I allow the songs (and types of music) to dictate my rhythm – without it, it would be a painfully long almost-hour, and given that I want to get through it, I set myself up for as much success as possible.