Can you exercise/work out without music?

@vega83 (6346)
Bahrain
June 19, 2007 8:21am CST
I'm sure we all do a little bit of exercising or working out, whether at home or the gym. It's a good thing.. I used to be into yoga before, and now I do a lot of cardio, but I couldn't do either without listening to my favorite songs on my mp3 player. I guess without music, I wouldn't be able to exercise and it would seem like too much of a chore. But with my favorites, it becomes fun and exciting. That's why in gyms, music is usually almost always playing. I mean, just working out to music that is loud and rocking, and that is just right, for the situation, can make work outs really fun and really put you in the mood. So do you agree that music is important for exercising? And if not, then can you work out without music?
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@sakana (260)
• Singapore
19 Jun 07
I think music makes exercising more interesting because it has a beat and it's better than listening to the air-con or nothing at all. My earphones keep falling out of my ears so I've learnt to exercise without music.
@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
20 Jun 07
You should get one of those earphones that go directly right into the ear, they're much more comfortable than the regular earphones, even the ones with softies, the ones I'm talking about and the ones I have are these soft plastic ones that are small enough to go right in the ear hole. They don't come out even when I'm running and are so comfortable.
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@sakana (260)
• Singapore
20 Jun 07
I would like to, but I'm a student on a budget so I can't spare much money for entertainment purposes :/
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
20 Jun 07
Well, I'm not filthy rich either, ha ha, I got mine from radioshack the cheapest ones there. They cost less than 9$ so it was pretty good.
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@mjsg2468 (44)
• Philippines
19 Jun 07
Exercise is a matter of discipline. While music does help during workouts, we can do without it if we really are serious about getting physically fit. There are other forms of exercise that do not really require music like weight lifting, treadmill, etc.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
20 Jun 07
I care about being healthy and physically fit, but that doesn't mean I have to do like a chore with "discipline", I would rather also enjoy myself with my favorite tunes, and I run so I'm sure even on a treadmill it's really important, it just works for me..
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• Singapore
19 Jun 07
Sure I can. I can work out with or without music. After all, if and when I go for my run, it would not be too convenient bringing music with me. The more important key is whether we would exercise.
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@aissha (2036)
• India
19 Jun 07
recently i hv started following art of living ,were we need to sudarshan kriya which is mainly pranayam or breathing exercise for cleansing of ur mind and various glands,that i have to do in absolutely calm environment as i have to concentrate on breathing ,though i looooove music any other time and music gives me rhythm to work.lol
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
20 Jun 07
Yeah, I do a little bit of yoga too. I think breathing exercises are really important, of course concentration is a must for them, so music won't be appropriate, but I do a lot of cardio too, for which music is so important.
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@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
19 Jun 07
Hello vega. I don't have much time exercising nor working out. The only work out I have is to tend to my household chores everyday. It gave me a good sweat too. I normally tuned in to my favorite music while at home doing all the dreaded chores. But I agree that music can somehow lighten our mood and ease the tension out of our bodily system. Listening to music has this powerful effect on each one of us.
@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
20 Jun 07
Well, that's your workout then, and I know those chores are hard, I really run from them, but when I do have to do chores, I prefer music too, it just makes them less tedious and more fun.
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@Coolgeth (1215)
• India
19 Jun 07
Hi vega83!! Yes you are right we can't work out efficiently without music.. I always used to hear music while i excercise my body..I can workout without music but i would feel a big tough and not satisfy after my work out..Thanks
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
20 Jun 07
Yeah, the music kinda sets the mood and the beat, and the louder and faster the music, the more pumped up you feel. And without music, I find myself very much aware of the time and the effort I'm putting in, but with music, I don't notice all that, so technically I can work out longer if there's music in my ears.
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@sunshinecup (7881)
19 Jun 07
No, sorry. I find music too distracting for me during workouts. I like to concentrate on myself as I do it. Yes, I am aware that just sounded really strange, lol. However house work, it's a must!
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
19 Jun 07
well, whatever works for ya.. Everyone has different ways of doing stuff. For me, music is a must while exercising otherwise, I just can't do it..
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• United States
19 Jun 07
I think music is very important to me when excersizing/working out. Even doing house cleaning. I have to have music going as it sets my pace and mood.
@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
19 Jun 07
yeah, exactly it sets the pace and the mood, I don't do any house cleaning so I don't know about that, but for exercising it definitely does.
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@sensesfail (2251)
• India
20 Jun 07
I go for my regular jogs everyday during the dusk and i dont carry my portable player with me.It actually diverts my attention while i jog.So i'd rather run without the music. And while working out at home,i do few exercises to stretch my muscles.I dont use music for this too.Stretching of the muscles requires you to take your own time and following a pace could definitely do you damage with your muscles.As for cardio and aerobics,they do need music cuz you follow a rhythm while doing it. So no,i dont use music music while I work out cuz my work out process does not require them.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
21 Jun 07
Well I get too bored if there's nothing to distract me, with music I tend to work out more because I'm having more fun and I'm not looking at the time.
• India
21 Jun 07
How about exercises that do not follow or atleast do not let you to do them in a uniform speed?Thats what I was talking about.lol
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
22 Jun 07
I don't know, still like to have fun. If there's no music, it will seem like such a chore, and if it's anything remotely resembling a chore then I get so bored of it, and pretty much stop working out all together. I just need that musical motivation.
• Australia
20 Jun 07
Short answer - Yes, of course i can exercise without music, but i find that music tends to make you exercise a whole lot more! (Ok, so maybe that wasn't such a short answer after all!)
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
21 Jun 07
Well, not so short, but good point. I find it's easier and more fun to work out with music and you hardly notice the time..
• Australia
21 Jun 07
That is true! There's just something about "Eye of the Tiger" that keeps me going!
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
22 Jun 07
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
19 Jun 07
I like listening to music while I exercise because it makes me want to work out harder.I like also playing music while I do my house cleaning.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
19 Jun 07
I forgot to say that I also watch tv when I walk on my treadmill.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
21 Jun 07
Yeah, TV can be great too, I do that when doing sit ups and stuff.
• China
9 Oct 07
Good news that I find another girl who are similar to me in using music to work out.I enjoy music,I need it very much when i feel bad,I sing some resouding songs loudly or the lively and quick rhythm ones.While singing, the bad moods become gone slowly.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
16 Oct 07
Yeah, music is magical in that way, it can really be a catalyst to our moods, that's why they call it universal, I guess.
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@joshboz (1214)
• Australia
9 Oct 07
no i cannot. usually if i exercises in the long run.say 1 hour or 2 hours i need music to make me more relax and divert my attention from the painstaking exercise i am undergoing. yes it really works whe nyou try to exercise hard together with music.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
16 Oct 07
Yeah, it sure does, I know that from my personal experience too. The better the music, the better the workout.
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@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
9 Oct 07
I need silence when I do my work out. However I like if music is played in the gym, especially when I am doing my cardio vasculars.
@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
16 Oct 07
Yeah, cardio vasculars need music, when I used to do yoga I never listened to music, but I guess that's why I lost interest in it. I need something to keep me going.
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
6 Oct 07
No I cannot.You are right music would give you just something enjoyable without it whole work out would be just bored.I am same liek you.I love also cardio and would play my favourites songs and it just motivate me more, to keep going.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
6 Oct 07
Yeah, it's like a catalyst, just keeps things going. I can't imagine exercising without music. In fact I don't think I can do it without music at all.
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• India
20 Jun 07
no i cannot work or exercise without music because music generate the power to build your muscle keep you cool in qym or in home.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
21 Jun 07
Yeah it does get us motivated and pumped up.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
20 Jun 07
Not only can I, but I insist on it. The music is what gets me motivated to move.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
21 Jun 07
Yeah, me too. It makes it more interesting and fun.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
20 Jun 07
Hi. Actually I like to workout to metal or fast up beat music, I have worked out to no music at all, and found it a drag... So you can work out without music, its just a little boring, these are my personal views...
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
21 Jun 07
Yeah, it can be a 'drag' without music, you're right. Music makes it more fun.
20 Jun 07
Ya but it would be very boring. Music is the sound of life and can keep you going long on When you are tired.
@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
21 Jun 07
Yeah, you could work out more with music and not even feel it..
• India
20 Jun 07
I do like to listen to music when i do excersise.
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
21 Jun 07
me too!