I am sometimes asked what kind of music I listen to while joggling and if it helps. Now while I never run or joggle with an MP3 player or any music-playing device, I still often listen to music playing in my head, and sometimes hum along to it.
My musical tastes are eclectic. While joggling I often listen to Bach, bebop jazz, or heavy metal. When I am not joggling, I usually listen to classic rock or classical music.
Because of the supreme importance of maintaining a rhythm while joggling, my mind is often searching for music that fits the joggling rhythm. This isn’t always easy. Sometimes I’ll ever make up music in my head while joggling to accompany and perhaps even enhance the rhythmic/musical aspect of joggling; going up and down hills and spinning around a lot make for some exciting music. Sometimes it is like conducting a symphony while running and juggling.
Like I have often said before, I often think of joggling as more of a form of dance than a form of running. I think the conceptual framework of dance helps prepare your mind better for the rhythm of joggling. The “running” is just an illusion. Music is a very important part of dance, and becoming one with the music is important to becoming a skilled dancer.
This isn’t meant to obsfuscate matters. Joggling involves a lot of science and art, but I think more art. Without art, without that human touch and human emotion, science becomes meaningless.
Through knowledge gained by science, we can improve our art, and the art of living. Live a healthy life, and you can do more amazing things, like joggling, or dancing or climbing mountains or traveling to a lot of different places and absorbing the culture.
So bask in music while running, your own music or other peoples music. Make sure it is inspiring.
What kind of music do you listen to while exercising? I’m always looking for new ideas!