Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pump up the volume

Every morning I have been dragging my sorry butt downstairs to the shop to jog on my treadmill. This morning, our Labradoodle, Swegen, decided his new game would be to toss a tennis ball over, under, on, or around me as I am jogging. I'd like to say  a graceful dance ensued, a pas de deux of human and animal, but in reality, it led to a very quick coda with said dog getting to explore the snow outside on his own. 

Like almost everyone else, I enjoy listening to music while I jog. My treadmill has a TV which if connected would be another way to while away the blocks/miles, and I've tried to listen to comedy podcasts and NPR too, but each time, I tend to do much better listening to music. Once in a blue moon I'll forget my itouch or discover I haven't charged it and find out that I do much more poorly without the inspiration.  Even with a somewhat eclectic and not all that "beat happy" a play list (My Chemical Romance, Weezer, LIVE, Cake, U2, David Bowie, Flaming Lips, Muddy Waters, White Stripes, insert 90s grunge band here) my gait increases from one of a dead sloth to a mildly motivated Galapagos turtle.And as a certified geek, I know there is some science to back that up:

“Music is like is a legal drug for athletes,” says Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education, one of the world’s leading authorities on music and exercise. “It can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent.”

I am not specifically advocating for the following sites, but there are many on the web that let you find a series of songs at a specific beat per Minute (BPM) to help you exercise; try: or of course, Lifehackers.

So get out there or in there, keep the dog out of the way or entertained, and enjoy. 


  1. I will use your post as inspiration to get more active myself! I am a bit of a spud in the winter.

  2. I suggest you listen to Rush Limbaugh during your workout.
    I will take my beating now.

  3. Good luck Greg! I've lost about 12-15 pounds since the last OBFS meeting (I need to, you..not so much....does help me in the nature walks so the little kids don't wear me out) and Martie, listening to Rush would make my metabolism and blood pressure go up; could lead to weight loss as would/could administering a beating. But somehow you've managed to stay trim, so maybe you have the secret!

  4. 5+ miles every day walking and looking for antlers helps me stay trim!