We’ve all heard about thousands of runners giving up on wearing their running shoes. But have you considered giving up all your tech gear? Ipods, Smart Phones, GPS Watches are used by millions of runners and people in gyms. It’s become more unusual to see someone not plugged in while they workout. But is this best way to achieve maximum results and high performance goals? Studies indicate that you may want to unplug yourself and start listening to your body.
As a lifelong competitive runner and collegiate athlete I would never go out to train with something plugged into my ears. The focus that is needed when you train should not allow for distractions intended to entertain. As a matter of fact you would never go into a competition attempting to perform to your highest potential by deliberately distracting yourself. Is there a place for the use of music while working out? In my opinion, yes, if used appropriately. As a coach, instructor, trainer you can use music when you want the tempo to pick up or continue for longer stretches of time, but you better be prepare to provide the type of music that accomplishes that goal. On the flipside you also want to listen to your body. When working out all your sense are fully engaged, if something is not right, you want to be able to react accordingly. When you add tech devices to your training there is a good chance they may distract you from taking notice of what may be going wrong or what may feel great.
In HP 30 classes at Club Fit Jefferson Valley instructors will use music strategically to achieve a specific tempo (for example a slow build of rhythm as you warm-up) and no music when they want you to focus on how your body should be performing (athletic coordination drills).
If you’re training yourself or your out on your own running, biking, etc. devices that measure your progress (time, distance, location) can be important for immediate feedback and safety purposes. It’s a matter of personal preference, but if you’re trying to get the most out of your workout, tech devices can distract and prevent you from accomplishing your overall goals.
Do you use tech devices while working out? Would you consider cutting back and focus on listening to your body? Let us know your thoughts and how you use tech devices to workout.
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