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3 Audio Entertainment Essentials Every Runner Should Have

3 Audio Entertainment Essentials Every Runner Should Have

Fitness is a pivotal part of a healthy person’s life. It’s also one of the key components to an overall productive life. One of the easiest and most cost efficient methods of exercise is running, regardless of whether it be at a gym or on the road. The problem that many of us face is being able to do the same thing over and over again without getting bored. This post is centered around providing 3 Audio Entertainment Essentials Every Runner Should Have in order to bear with a repetitive routine of running.

1. Energetic Music

For some reason, people are aware that they need music to keep them energised but still forget to use it. Music is known for evoking emotions and can be a strong influence to getting the adrenalin pumping throughout our bodies. Choose songs that are fast paced, energetic and that inspire you. They could be electronic dance music or even pop songs. The key to good music is choosing songs that YOU enjoy and that you associate with happy memories. Listening to songs that got you through a rough time in your life (like a breakup) are not exactly good choice. You want to stay motivated and feel optimistic so remember to choose songs that create a positive vibe.

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2. Informative or Entertaining Podcasts

Believe it or not, this has proven to be one of the best ways to keep yourself entertained while running regularly. Podcasts are extremely personal, it often feels as though the host is talking to you directly, it’s almost like listening to your favourite radio station however it’s all focused around topics you enjoy listening to. For one, I enjoy listening to internet marketing podcasts and sometimes I get so carried away listening to these podcasts, I find myself running longer than I originally anticipated. The fantastic thing about podcasts is that they are mainly free and available on iTunes or websites. We want to keep our running sessions fun and not an expensive activity that puts a dent in our pocket.

3. Audio E-books

This is another unorthodox way to distract yourself from being bored but it is highly effective.Try listening to Audio E-books whenever you go running. Our time is precious and with a demanding lifestyle it makes reading books extremely difficult which is why listening to an Audio book while running is a great way to keep yourself distracted and entertained during your workout.You could attempt listening to a chapter at every run. This usually creates a psychological trigger in your mind because you begin to associate these stories and chapters to running. Every time you feel like finding out what happens next in the story, your mind prepares you for a run. That’s not a bad idea at all especially for sticking to a long term routine of running. Three chapters a week could mean 3 sessions of running every week. Not only will you be exercising productively but you’ll be rebooting your desire for books.

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Staying fit and healthy is insanely important and I cannot emphasise just how much. Running can become your source of relaxation or simply an escape from the stresses of living such a fast paced life. Sometimes the best sort of rejuvenation is the time spent by yourself whilst burning of calories and stress with an excellent run. I hope that you try out these audio sources of entertainment and feel free to share any ideas you may have.

Keeping true to our free system of running: You can find free podcasts over at : Itunes.com

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If you need to convert your alternative audio format files to mp3 : Free Mp3 Converter

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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