It’s rare these days to see someone working out who isn’t either glued to a TV or has their earbuds in. It’s part of workout culture in these days that it’s a solitary activity that people can use almost like a form of mediation. All they have to do is plug in, load up their workout podcast or playlist, and let the words take them away. It begs an important question, however: when you’re trying to improve your physical fitness, how much distraction is actually a good thing?
You Need to Pay Attention to Your BodyYou shouldn’t be so distracted that you can’t get any feedback from your body. No matter what you’re doing you can pretty much expect that your body has a reply. If you’re really pushing the limit, you need to be in tune with your body so that you know the moment “no pain, no gain” becomes “stop before you hurt yourself.” You don’t want to be so wrapped up in an audiobook that you missed the warning signs that would have stopped you from spraining your knee.
Don’t Get Overwhelmed by Your Body
You don’t want to get overwhelmed by your body, either. Typically, a distraction gives your mind something to focus on besides the thousands of little twinges as your body warms up. This is especially true when you’re just starting your fitness journey. Maybe one day you’re going to be amazing, but for now your body is going to start whining before you’ve even jogged down the block. Your music can help you get through the initial protests so that you can get a real workout in.
You Need to Be Able to Hear the World Around You
It doesn’t matter where you’re working out. You need to be able to hear the sounds of traffic if you’re jogging down the sidewalk and you’re going to have to be able to hear someone speaking to you if you’re working out at the gym. You should never have something in so loudly that you can’t actually hear the world around you. This can be a problem for people who like to pump up the volume until the music echoes in their veins, but that’s the way that it has to be. It’s better for your ears anyway.
You Shouldn’t Focus on Things That Stress You
When you’re working out your body, your mind should relax. A distraction in the form of music or podcasts or even watching TV can help you avoid thinking about things that are going to stress you out. You don’t want to have to deal with tense muscles while you try to work out.