When I started getting my sorry ass up at 6:00 am to work out on the elliptical, I filled my Nano with podcasts. I liked putting on something that woke up my brain while I was using the elliptical to wake up my body. Well, this morning, I’d run through my available podcasts and was too lazy to download a new one to the Nano, so I put on a music playlist and started working out.
And I’ll be honest: with the exception of the FIRST day I did it (by it I mean waking up at six am, getting on the elliptical for 20 minutes, and feeling my body go OMG-WTF-WHY?!?!?!?!), this is the hardest workout I’ve had. I mean that in a good way: I didn’t feel sick or tired after, but I definitely worked up more of a sweat than usual, and my pores still felt like sweating even after I showered and dried off. Definitely got my heart-rate up, which is the whole point of exercise, right?
Which makes me realize that while I like stimulating my brain first thing in the morning, music may be the way to go. 2-3 minute songs also make the 30 minutes on the machine go by faster, especially since my pace is more determined by whatever beat I’m listening to.
For those of you wondering what I’m listening to, here’s the breakdown:
Okay, don’t laugh: I have a playlist full of the post-Idol albums of American Idol contestants. Not all of them, of course, because that would be insane, and for those of you starting to question my tastes, I haven’t watched that show in a while (and if you’re still on board with that show, more power to you!). Still, some great voices have come out of that show, which leads to some enjoyable songs, and it’s really fun to put those albums on shuffle and see what pops up, especially since I’ve got a solid mix of rock, pop, and singer/songwriter folk stuff. Adam Lambert is especially fun to work out to. 🙂 So today’s shuffled playlist included the following artists in alphabetical order (first name):
Jack and White (a duo which includes Brooke White)
We are the Fallen (a group which includes Carly Smithson)
And that’s that. I suspect I’ll be sticking with music for the mornings, and maybe listen to podcasts while I walk because keeping up my heart-rate isn’t quite as important as distance in those cases (it isn’t in my book), but we’ll see.
What do you listen to when you exercise, or do you forgo listening to anything entirely?