Science says that you can increase your athletic performance by almost 15% if you run whilst listening to tunes, not only does it lower the perception of the effort you're putting out (because you're thinking of other things besides running) but listening to hard and fast music raises your heart rate and respiration levels; overall it helps with the "boredom" of running.
Of course listening to slow and soft music has the opposite effect of hard and fast and actually lowers your heart rate.
Runners and other experts however disagree with some of this. Wearing headphones while running could be deemed dangerous. You never know who's behind you; perhaps it's an Elite runner who is trying to pass you and achieve their PB or maybe it's a crazy person/animal with bad intentions. In some races in fact there is a caveat that "Head Phones are not recommended" and in some cases even banned. Some also believe that you should be listening to the sounds of your body, your feet hitting the pavement and the way you're breathing.
|Or someone wearing this EXACT shirt could be behind you|
Personally I run with music. First, I'm one of those runners that does get bored really quickly; especially if I'm running for more than 40-45 minutes. It's about that point in time that I start thinking of everything I should be doing besides running. It's about that point in time that I start thinking I need a new trail to run on because the tree's are all looking the same. Second, running is my ME time. If I could write and read whilst running I just might..or I might even bake a cake...but these things are very hard to do while running so I listen to my tunes and chill.... and just so you don't worry..my music is never loud enough for me not to hear what's around the next corner or behind me..I'm too old for loud my friends.
I do see that this could present itself as a problem however; because music has become an essential part of my running would my performance falter if I joined a race where they were banned?
So although I have a million songs I'd love for you to add to your ipods/MP3 players I'll share with you some that I think are a must:
-1- American Bad Ass - Kid Rock (Canadian Bad Ass?)
-2- Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye (Maybe a slow tempo..but I just love this song!)
-3- Last Friday Night - Katy Perry
-4- Whistle - Flo Rida (I can't whistle and run though..I can barely breathe)
-5- California Love - 2 Pac (Just makes me feel cool)
-6- No Sleep Till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys (Gotta Love them)
-7- Walk this Way - Run DMC & Aerosmith (so retro!)
-8- S&M - Rhianna
-9- Walkin on the Sun - Smash Mouth (so I think of Shrek..so what)
-10- Rockstar - Nickleback (I don't care that this will create chaos with all NB haters..whatever)
-11- Sexy Bitch - David Guetta (Because I am..especially when I'm running! :p)
-12- Whip it - Devo (Hello 80's!)
-13- Cowboy - Kid Rock (I like them...Cowboys)
-14- Boyfriend - Justin Bieber (yep the Biebs made my list)
-15- Fight for your Right - Beastie Boys
-16- Rock & Roll - Eric Hutchinson (A little Gem)
-17- Jump Around - House of Pain (love it!)
-18- Thunder Struck - ACDC (I'm so cool)
-19- Should I stay or should I go - The Clash (man... reminds me of mullets and hammer pants)
-20- Part of Me - Katy Perry (Don't know why but this song makes me feel powerful)
So...add these babies to your ipods...if you run with music that is... if not..well enjoy the sounds of nature! (Uhmmm I should point out that another reason I run with music is to hide the sounds of nature...like the bee's that are chasing me...but I'm just sayin)...