A woman at the skating rink recently said, “Oh, you don’t have to wear your iPod! You’re welcome to put some of your music on – we alternate!” She was utterly joyful and eager to share the sound system…until I said, “oh no, that’s okay. I like heavy metal.”
With a “just kidding” kind of laugh she replied, “you can keep your iPod!”
Whether you celebrate or not, Thanksgiving remains one of the largest travel days out there. We’ve decided to stay put – for a multitude of reasons, traffic notwithstanding, but if you are going to travel…please be safe.
It amazes me – I might actually say *frightens* – how many people don’t recognize the responsibility of operating a vehicle. On heavily traffic weekends especially, accidents are way, WAY too common…
A long road trip may be a fun time, especially when you have company you love, and some good tunes. But. . .
But…driving safely (not tired, not intoxicated, not distracted, not angry etc) is not only for you…but for whomever is with you, and whoever else is out on the road. It isn’t just about us alone – we are driving machines capable of more than getting us to point A and B if we aren’t paying attention.
I know it feels like a damper but. . .if you’re headed somewhere during the holidays (frankly when we are headed anywhere) just be extra mindful so you and your loved ones stay safe.
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.
I think most people can relate to this regardless of the surroundings, though it did give me a good laugh thinking about recent workout interruptions…
You’ve been there, right? You’re clearly “in the zone,” totally plugged into your tunes, but someone still interrupts? Or, even better, they start waving to get your attention?
I always try to figure out what about me looking in the opposite direction, simultaneously lifting, and possibly even singing along to my Rob Zombie didn’t give the (solid, I thought!) indication I wasn’t in chat mode.
Maybe I should try a sign??
Awareness goes a looooong way!
This would totally be my jam.
With black and red pompoms? Hell yes.
It’s a good tune for the gym, 1,000% – spin bike, lifting, sprints, whatever – and it totally has that “pep rally” sound. You know, for when getting your ass on a treadmill is (and usually will be) the LAST thing you want to do?
Motivate with some metal!