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fatmanwalking

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I don't have a lot of experience however I'm beginning to think that I'm better off with my own thoughts than listening to any entertainment while I walk.

It seems like I'm able to shout at myself, give words of encouragement, work through life things that are bothering me, etc, etc, to keep me moving and generally quite positive.
So far I'm finding that when I play something instead I find it more of a slog and far less enjoyable than usual.


I'm wondering what works for you all?

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Re: listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks or not at all?
« Reply #1 on: 16:35:54, 02/08/20 »
I never listen to music or other entertainment when walking. Just being alone with the sounds of nature is for me the main motivation for walking. The sound of the birds, the wind, the waves....  Also the best way to declutter your head.
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Re: listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks or not at all?
« Reply #2 on: 16:55:32, 02/08/20 »
I do a bit of both, nearly always have MP3 player with me, to listen to music. But will often not actually use it so I can listen to nature. Parts of my circular walks are often on public roads, so listening to music helps cancel some of that noise.


After a pleasant walk along the riverbank, just listening to nature, the sound of the main road I then have to walk on, almost seems deafening.

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Re: listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks or not at all?
« Reply #3 on: 16:55:51, 02/08/20 »
The thought of listening to music or whatever whilst walking is anathema to me.
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« Reply #4 on: 16:56:39, 02/08/20 »
When walking on public roads, best to be aware of approaching traffic!
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shortwalker

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Re: listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks or not at all?
« Reply #5 on: 16:59:54, 02/08/20 »
When walking on public roads, best to be aware of approaching traffic!


True, but I am walking on a footpath, also don't have my music that load that it cuts out all background noise. Cyclists on the canal towpaths spring to mind.

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Re: listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks or not at all?
« Reply #6 on: 17:06:55, 02/08/20 »
No never, not for me. The more alone and away from it all I can feel the better.

shortwalker

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« Reply #7 on: 17:19:04, 02/08/20 »
No never, not for me. The more alone and away from it all I can feel the better.


The opposite for me, I tend find listening to music "away from it all" a lovely experience. (not at expense of nature, but along side it) Then again I nearly always listen to music. 

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« Reply #8 on: 17:20:48, 02/08/20 »
On a long walk I find Radio 4 a good companion.  It offers a degree of intellectual stimulation rather then the mindless cacophony of many other stations, stand fast Classic FM or Radio 3 which can fill the gap otherwise occupied by Woman's Hour.
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Re: listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks or not at all?
« Reply #9 on: 18:23:38, 02/08/20 »
I donít listen to anything when out walking in the country. In the past I have listened to fast paced music when out walking in my lunch hour for exercise. I then walked in time with the music to help burn as much energy as possible. This was in Aberdeen with some time alongside the river Dee and some in Duthie Park, but a significant amount along roads.

WhitstableDave

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Re: listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks or not at all?
« Reply #10 on: 18:32:48, 02/08/20 »
I don't even listen to anything on a 3 hour treadmill walk, let alone when I'm outdoors. I like to think.  :)

My wife is the opposite (although I think she likes to think too); she always has music or a podcast playing. She bought herself a pair of bone conduction headphones the other day, and she absolutely loves them. She doesn't wear headphones on our walks together though.  :)

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« Reply #11 on: 19:41:40, 02/08/20 »
I don't wear earphones when walking with other people and I always remove then when I stop for a chat along the way, to do otherwise would be rude.  I just enjoy being informed on things or issues I previously knew little or nothing about.  It gives my brain something to chew and helps the miles pass.
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Re: listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks or not at all?
« Reply #12 on: 19:49:14, 02/08/20 »
I don't wear earphones when walking with other people and I always remove then when I stop for a chat along the way, to do otherwise would be rude.  I just enjoy being informed on things or issues I previously knew little or nothing about.  It gives my brain something to chew and helps the miles pass.

"...helps the miles pass."?

You make walking sound like a chore.  :)  ;)

ninthace

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« Reply #13 on: 19:51:56, 02/08/20 »
"...helps the miles pass."?

You make walking sound like a chore.  :) ;)
No, it becomes a chore when you make a rod for your own back and beat yourself with it   :D :D
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Re: listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks or not at all?
« Reply #14 on: 20:27:34, 02/08/20 »
I dont listen to anything other than my surroundings when walking, be it the passing traffic or wildlife depending where i am.  I try to 'escape' from the realms of life when im walking to recharge, the last thing i want to hear is some radio DJ waffling in my ears. 
If on a treadmill in the gym i sometimes put a bit of fast music on rather than listen to the gym full of people grunting as they exercise.
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