Please Don’t Stop the Mu­sic

If the thought of run­ning with­out Cee Lo, Usher or Bono wipes out your mo­ti­va­tion to lace up, use these strategies so you can tune in with­out com­pletely tun­ing out.

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Hit play be­fore you start mov­ing and don’t touch your ipod again. Fuss­ing with your mu­sic re­moves yet another sense—sight— which makes things even more dan­ger­ous. If you need to make a quick ad­just­ment (Katy Perry… again?), stop mov­ing.

Up­grade Your Ear­phones

Many women run with one ear­phone in their ear and the other tucked un­der a bra strap, think­ing it’s safer than us­ing both buds. But that’s not the case, since the brain re­lies on both ears to de­ter­mine which di­rec­tion a noise is com­ing from. A so­lu­tion: Auria ear­phones (auria.com). They sit on the outer part of your ear with­out block­ing your ear canal, so you can still hear am­bi­ent noises.

Use As Needed

You can get a rush from a song or playlist the first few times you queue it up. But lis­ten too of­ten and you can be­come de­sen­si­tised to it, says sport psy­chol­o­gist Costas Kara­georghis, PHD. Try us­ing mu­sic only for the most chal­leng­ing parts of your work­out. Kara­georghis rec­om­mends songs with 120 to 145 beats per minute (BPM). “The level of stim­u­la­tion this range pro­vides cre­ates just the right de­gree of arousal,” he says. Some tunes to try:

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