Running is how I relax. Without question, I do my best thinking when I run. I let my mind roam free, as I try to make sense of the world. I’ve written articles in my head, and solved problems while running. It is my personal time and space.
And I always listen to music.
As my feet lightly tread the ground beneath me and as I take in the beauty of NYC’s Central Park, I use music to transport me into a meditative state, keeping pace with the beat of Tom Petty or Sheryl Crow.
Robert J. Zatorre and Valorie N. Salimpoor explain the appeal of music from a neurological standpoint in a recent New York Times article– “Why Music Makes our Brain Sing”. We not only love music, they say, we crave it. It can transport us to a different state of mind, but can also keep us grounded. The tempo of music can be adjusted to fit all sorts of activities–from a fast paced tune to ease a brisk jog, to a slow and deep tune to relax the brain and body. There’s music for every workout and for every fitness level. You just need to figure out what will get you moving the most.
Feeling stuck in your workout routine? Consider adding running (click here to see a short video about #1 secret to running after 50) and music to your fitness program. And tell me the songs that move you the most in the comments section below.
Until next time, remember this: We can’t control getting older . . . but . . . we can control how we do it!
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