Sunday, April 6, 2008

Day 16, Audio

With this project I am having to spend more time than I like jumping rope, pumping muscles, and holding deep, almost painful stretches. A lot of people listen to workout music along the lines of the fine album pictured here.

But I just can't get into the thumping upbeat music. It just reminds me more that I'm exercising.

Enter the podcasts and audiobooks. They stimulate my mind and get me off the pain of that 6th rep of some lame ass resistance band training.

I've always listened to a lot of podcasts but my cream of the crop, the ones I look forward to, that make my workout fly by, are as follows. These are all great because they last long enough to get me through most or all of a workout.

  • This Week with George Stephanopolous

  • The History Network (military)

  • 1up Yours from (this video game podcast is over an hour and a half long!)

  • The Slate Political Gabfest

  • The Slate Cultural Gabfest (this one just started a few weeks ago)

  • Washington Week with Gwen Ifill

  • The History of Rome

(oddly enough, since I started making a Buddhist podcast I can't stand to listen to Buddhist podcasts)

I listen to a lot more than those but they're the ones I'm excited to see in my podcast inbox.

In addition, I've gotten into audio books, and have listened to the entirety of the following.

  • Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy

  • Malcom Gladwell's Blink

  • God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

  • David Allen's Getting Things Done

  • and a bunch of Robert Kiyosaki books, they're all kind of the same, I don't remember the names.

If I have time I'll link all these up if people are interested.

1 comment:

Amy said...

who are these people listening to club music? I go to a gym chain and they have a really crummy music channel, but the most irritating thing you'll ever hear is Hillary Duff.
I've been to gyms where it's more of a "dude" vibe and the classic rock, metal, and "nu metal" *shudders* is pretty hard for me to get into.

I can't listen to podcasts for some reason, I guess I have to focus my attention on my form or my heart rate and I lose track of what's being discussed. For my money, it's Stevie Wonder and girl-group music like the Ronettes!

Keep up your hard work!