What To Listen To While Running

October 1, 2022

A lot of people like to listen to music and podcasts while they work out. The same goes for running, and listening to something while you run can really help you get into the right headspace and rhythm so you get the most out of your running.

But if you’re trying to build your running playlist, what are the best things to listen to?

In this handy guide, we’ll take you through everything there is to know about what you should listen to while running. So let’s get started, and you’ll be able to build the ultimate running playlist in no time!

What Should You Listen To While You’re Running?

The first thing you need to know is that there aren’t really any right or wrong answers when it comes to your choice of listening during your run.

Everyone is different, and at the end of the day what works best for you will depend on your personal preferences; some people like to listen to music while others prefer podcasts and/or audiobooks.

With that said, however, listening to some things will generally be more beneficial than others during a run.

Like any other form of vigorous exercise, running requires a lot of energy. Because of this, listening to something upbeat and lively is a great way to improve your running.

If you’re listening to music, something with a higher tempo and a steady rhythm will keep you at a good pace while also helping to energize you during your run; rhythm is particularly important while running, and a consistent rhythm that matches your running speed is ideal for maintaining your pace.

This is a bit different for things like podcasts and audiobooks which are more subdued with no rhythm. Instead, look for something that will keep you engaged and with a clear mindset to see the best results.

High energy isn’t the only thing you need while running, however. Unless you’re running on a track, chances are you’ll be traveling through public spaces. As a result, you need to be able to pay attention to your surroundings if you’re running on occupied pathways or crossing roads.

Avoid completely drowning out external noise (especially if you’ll be encountering pedestrians or traffic during your run) so you can be aware of your surroundings.

It might also be helpful to avoid overly-intense music that can distract you from what’s going on around you.

Other than that, though, the choice is entirely up to you. Feel free to experiment with your favorite music and podcasts to find what works for you; there are no rules about what you have to listen to while you run, so if something is helpful for you then pop it in your playlist!

Music Vs Podcasts: Which Is Better?

As we’ve mentioned before, everyone has their own preferences when it comes to what they like to listen to while running. Music and podcasts are by far two of the most popular choices for listening, and each style comes with its own benefits and drawbacks.

Music is definitely the more traditional option, and most people who enjoy exercising will have a workout playlist ready to go.

Listening to music is great because of the rhythm and energy it provides; energetic music can get you pumped and in an exercising mindset, while rhythmic songs are a great way to keep your pace consistent.

If possible, try to fill your playlist with songs that have a similar tempo. A lot of people match their steps to the beat in their music, so avoiding flipping between different tempos will help you maintain an even pace throughout your run.

Podcasts and audiobooks, meanwhile, are also popular choices for runners.

While they don’t have the same level of rhythm and energy as music does, being able to take your attention away from the physical exertion of running to enjoy listening to your favorite book or a subject you’re interested in will keep you engaged and give you some company on your run.

With countless audiobooks and podcasts out there, it isn’t hard to find something great to listen to on your run.

Not only that, but they can also help you pay more attention to the world around you.

While music can drown out your surroundings, podcasts and audiobooks generally have more quiet space that will let you keep an ear out for cars and passersby without requiring you to take an earphone out.

While they aren’t as popular for running as music, if you’re interested in listening to a book or discussion during your run then they make a great option.

How To Choose The Ultimate Running Playlist

Okay – so we’ve covered some of the best things to listen to while you’re running. Now, let’s take a look at how you can assemble the best possible playlist for your run!

When it comes to music, consistency is important. Like we said earlier, keeping a consistent tempo between songs will help you keep the same rhythm throughout your run. Aim for songs where the beat matches your typical running pace and fill your playlist with them.

Depending on whether you give your playlist a set order, you can put some slower tracks at the start and end to help you warm up and cool down from your run.

For podcasts and audiobooks, there are really no wrong answers. Pick whatever book or subject you’re interested in, and enjoy it while you run!

The most important thing to remember regardless of what you choose to listen to is go with what works best for you. Different things work for different people, so listen to what you enjoy and you’re sure to get great results.

Final Thoughts

Overall, what you should listen to while you run mostly comes down to personal preference. So whether you prefer music, podcasts, audiobooks, or even something different, listen to what you love and it will make your runs that much more enjoyable.

Have fun!

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