Playlist & Workout Safety
It was time for a new playlist in advance of our current trip to Aruba.
This is what I created. A real mishmash of songs but they work for me.
The reality is that in San Diego, I never listen to music while I run.
I run outdoors year-round (energy levels permitting) rather than running on a treadmill and I am extremely cautious and careful of what’s going on in my surroundings.
For me personally, I don’t feel I am 100% aware of everything going on around me with music going directly into my ears, since I am blocking out auditory cues such as someone’s feet behind me or others’ conversations going on around me.
Music also causes my brain to check out, which is great if you’re trying to zone out and get into a groove, but it causes one’s defenses to lower.
I am the victim of violent crime. I am a survivor of some brutal and horrific things that I don’t wish to discuss on my blog, but suffice to say those things have caused me to be hyper-vigilant about safety when I’m outside running, or just even being outside.
That’s why I never run with music when I’m in urban San Diego.
Running on the streets in Aruba…
..and the beaches of Aruba
…and in broad daylight with hundreds of tourists, people, and passerby, I don’t worry as much.
It’s the few weeks of the year where I enjoy music while running, on some days.
Other days, I don’t listen to anything other than the birds chirping because I just want to admire nature’s beauty…
That is until one of these buses comes along and starts honking and drunk people start shouting and cheering at 11am and my quiet little birds chirping zone is interrupted. But that’s okay because I’m on vacation!
From my last post about the Local Sights in Aruba off the Beach, I am glad you enjoyed that post.
And everyone had bets on the last couple of pictures. Yes, that lady bit the dust about 20 seconds after I put my camera away and started walking back to my car. Makes me wish I had kept my camera out just a wee bit longer.
1. Do you listen to music while you workout? Why or why not?
I think we all agree that music energizes us, helps us get better workouts in, helps to put us in a zone and if you’re doing the eliptical inside at the gym, by all means, I’d need all the help I could get, too, and music is great for that.
However, as I stated in the post, for me and my personal comfort levels shaped largely on personal experiences, music in my ears is a no-go when running outside. To each her own, of course. Just sharing my opinions and personal thoughts.
2. Safety. How safe do you feel while running or working out outside? Tips or advice you want to share?
Before anyone mentions it, yes, there was a “famous” and extremely sad situation and crime that happened here to Natalie Holloway a half dozen years back. Google it if you’re not familiar.
However, crime can happen anywhere, at any time.
In San Diego, I live about 10 miles from the Mexican border and yes, there is lots of crime in Tijuana. There is lots of crime in San Diego, LA, Chicago, NYC, and even in small towns. Crime happens everywhere, sadly.
I don’t think we should lock ourselves in our houses and not go out because of the potential for crime or something bad happening to us.
But we also shouldn’t do anything that’s foolish or take unnecessary chances or risks (i.e. running alone at night or walking on deserted streets)
Common sense, precautions, playing it safe, but still being able to live my life is my approach.
What are your thoughts?
3. And do you have a favorite playlist you’re dying to share? Or any songs that you love to work out to?
I am eclectic in my musical tastes but I will say that rap, hip-hop, dance, and rock tracks all energize me. Sometimes I listen to things when I’m working out that I would never listen to in the car, for example. Plus, not everything I listen to in my earphones is family-friendly.