How does music affect you before, during and after running?

Have you heard the saying that the only sound you should listen to when running is the sound of your feet hitting the ground? Well, this question turned out to be quite sophisticated with many people backing up that statement and many others that insist that listening to music makes you a better runner.

An interesting new study published by the official Journal of NSCA (National strength and conditioning association) shows that you are getting less benefit of music the harder you run. The study was conducted on 15 experienced runners. The pre-run music aroused the runners and got them better prepared for their running.

People who listened to music during the 5km runs did their first two laps (1/6 of the total run) faster than those who listened to no music. After the initial first laps the gap between the two groups decreased significantly. Apparently initially the runners were affected by the music as they needed their time to process all the different information. However, as soon as the brain adjusted to the intensity of running, an interesting process took place. The ATTENTION SWITCHING took place and directed the runner’s attention to the most important and running

These findings are also backed up by previous one that concluded that music effects performance less when the user input higher effort.

In average the runners who listened to music ran their 5 kilometers faster than those who doesn’t. While the difference in running times is not significant from the runners’ point of view, it is still interesting for the researchers. Interestingly, the people with the fastest results listened to slow music.

It was also found that listening to music after the run had the opposite effect to the music listened prior to running. That means that runner’s heart rates were returning to normal faster. The conclusion was that much like the other post-run recovery measures (hydration, feeding and gentle exercising) listening to slow music after the run helps the body to return faster to its pre-run state.

Also make sure that are no other attention grabbers such us uncomfortable footwear or clothes. Wearing proper shoes can make the difference between healthy feet and painful ones. If you have feet with problems such as bunions, hammertoes, heel pain or anything else, make sure you are buying the shoes that can help minimize the problem. Get the right type and size too.

In a nutshell: should you listen to music while running? Well, it’s up to personal preference. When asked to vote, most runners voted ‘yes’. Are you one of them? Do you listen to music while running? We would love to hear your comments below!

Crazy deal: Buy Your Winter Boots in Spring and Save BIG

Sounds crazy, right? Who on earth would need boots in the middle of the summer? And before you start imaging sweaty feet, friends laughing at you, and start questioning my sanity, let me explain.


Some of the hottest footwear deals of the year happen in the final weeks of winter. Truth to be told, I was quite surprised to find that the fall is not the perfect time to stock up on winter boots. You get the same high-quality, awesome, fashionable boots at a fraction of the price. Just bear in mind that you most probably won’t be able to find the best selection. As the end of the season approaches, the inventories are usually thin, but hey the prices are low enough to make for your time.

Men (myself included) usually buy stuff on demand. We need something and we should get it right away, no matter what. However, the budget-savvy take it a step further. Budgeting is not and should not be overwhelming task. All you need is just a little planning ahead and wise shopping habits.

Look in “Last chance”, “Clearance” and “Sales” section of your favorite websites. You and your family would be able to fill your closet with stylish boots at very affordable prices.


Many stores only sell some designs for just one season, meaning that your girl or wife can get designer boots at very affordable prices. Just after the end of the winter season the retailers sell at heavy discounts. And these are not only boots that are stylish and fashionable, but even work boots. I’ve bought some of my best work boots on sales. Don’t forget the designer boots deals. Last year my wife was craving for a pair of some-designer-boots but the price tag was way over what we can afford. Truth to be told she was quite unhappy as she fell in love with those boots. Long story short, I was able to surprise her with a pair of these mere few months later (and got enough money left to buy me a truckload of my favorite dark winter beer!).

The other good thing is that you’ll have a head start in the winter season. You won’t have to fight all the other guys at the beginning of the season, when everybody freaks over the first snowfall. You will be prepared with a closet full of boots and shoes.

Found a great winter boots deal online? Comment below and let me know about it!