Not too long ago, I did a video over why you shouldn’t always listen to music when you workout. I did the video without rehearsing my thoughts. So to rectify and strengthen my point, I decided to do a blog post to my make this more impactful to people who are open to the thought of it.
Just about 99.0% of the time in gyms from commercial to hardcore, you’re going to see people wearing headphones or having music blasting in the background from a stereo, or ceiling speakers.
It’s become the norm in today society to wear headphones when doing any kind of physical activity inside or outside.
However, if you look back 30 years ago it wasn’t common for people to be listening to music when working out. If you go back 70+ years ago, there was no music and people did just fine and got very healthy, fit and some very strong.
Also, think of famous bodybuilders, Olympic lifters, strongmen or trainees. These men didn’t need music to get their minds off the pain, the monotony of training or whatever else.
They embraced hearing the banging of weights in the gym, outside the gym when working out. They embraced hearing their grunts, the elements, and finding their rhythm when training without music. Even the women trainees and the women that became famous lifters embodied that mentality in the 1970’s when it wasn’t immensely frowned upon for them to workout and train.
It’s a proven fact when you listen to music you like; it releases the feel-good hormone dopamine. So you’ll be more pumped up and motivated to workout.
Nonetheless is a world of abused technology that’s not natural…listening to too much can be destructive to the mind.
So the point I’m going to make is why you shouldn’t always wear your headphone when working out, training or whatever you want to call it.
A lot you that read this, aren’t going to be able to do that. Because it’s going to be getting you out of your comfort zone… which that’s fine.
However, I know their some people out there that this will resonate with you.
I know that music can get you motivated when you don’t to workout, it can help with getting new personal records and other awesome benefits.
Nonetheless, I believe it can be a big distraction by making you less focus, make your workout last longer, and a loss of hearing from the constant blaring into your eardrums if not used smartly.
Why You Should Stop Or Cut Back On Music
Personally, you don’t have to stop listening to music or avoiding it. However, I encourage you to put limitations on your listening and be smart about what you listen to.
Reasons to cut back on music or take a hiatus
- You’ll be in more control of your emotional state
- You won’t be dependent on it to get things accomplished
- Create your own motivation and determination
- Won’t be distracted easily or hunting for that perfect song = more time for living
- Stops you from getting bored of a song and still enjoying it
- Stops you from programming yourself with lyrical garbage
- It forms opinions for you, you don’t want something forming opinions for your right?
- Potentially swear/cuss less
- Released destructive dopamine from abusing it constantly, not the kind of dopamine you want
- Mind addiction…remember if anything is used too much…there’s a potential of addiction…moderation is key
- Again, wastes valuable time
By doing this, it makes you above average. The elites and music producers(not all) don’t care about your mental well-being. The only thing they care about is making lots of money, turning you into a mindless person who can’t think for themselves, to control you easier without resistance etc.
Create & Find Your Own Motivation
You don’t need music to be motivated beyond the gym, the only reason why you’ve embraced it as being normal is that it’s ingrained in the world of fitness culture and other realms. Sadly a lot of people need it for working out, t get stuff done etc.
To be a winner in life, do your best to be less dependent on music. I know it’s hard to do when you got poppy, crappy and demotivational music blaring in the gym.
However, to be truly strong, create your own motivation within yourself like people did from 1970 to earliest history of physical and mental training.
Listen to motivational videos that speak words encouragement, empowerment, or about biographies of great men and women.
How To Stop, Cut Back, Or Take Hiatus
There are numerous ways to cut back on music and take hiatuses. Remember if you want to do this, you can…it all starts with the mind. And if it was easy…everybody would do it but they can’t. However, if you made it this far…then that means you’re serious about being above average and wanting to be the best you can be.
- Instead of listening to lyrical music, start listening to more instrumental music that moves you. You won’t be exposed to lyrical garbage. Also, remember to limit your exposure to 20 mins – 30 mins. If you need lyrical, same rules apply.
- When you’re driving your car, on the bus, a plane or a passenger on something. Don’t listen to music on the way to your destination.
- Like I said above, listening to words of encouragement, empowerment, autobiographies, mp3’s on knowledge or motivational interviews. Listen to them multiple times. Those are golden for inspiration and improving your life to be more successful
- If you’re at a gym, that doesn’t blare music. Forgo training without headphones. You don’t always have to do it though. If you decide to listen…again limit exposure to whatever you decide to listen to.
There are so many ways to go about doing these. Find what works for you, get creative etc.
Before mp3’s and playing music while working out became big. I worked out without music from 8 to 18 years of age 90% of the time. The times I did hear it was when it was being played on the gym speakers in the weight room at the high school gym, in the wrestling practice room. I would listen to music here and there when I worked in my free time.
However, I never needed it. After high school, I became more reliant on it for external motivation from 19-21 when working out. I went from 10% dependent to 60% dependent. There were times when I drove back home if I forgot my headphones. Nonetheless, never dependent on it because there were times, where I’d workout without them.
Thankfully from 22-27, my dependency went down and would wane from 30% – 40%. When I cut back on listening to music and listening to audios on gaining knowledge to better myself. Or I’d drive my car in silence if nobody was in the car with me.
During the last 5 years, I realized I don’t need music and words of motivation, knowledge, and empowerment is much healthier for the mind.
My experience with cutting back on music drastically to about 85% – 90% again has saved me a lot of time. I’m not preoccupied shuffling through my phone to find that perfect song to workout to or downloading new songs because I’m burnt out on songs I’ve played over and over again etc.
I feel more in tune with my body when I jog, sprint and do any type of resistance training instead of having music block it out pain, to give me “motivation”
I remember I have all the natural tools to succeed without music.
Again, I’m not saying stop completely listening to music(if you do more power to you), but be open to cutting back on your consumption.
The people who are open to this will see the benefits and positive changes in their lives. Remember you have nothing to lose.
– Larentay Walker
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