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QOTD – February 21 – Words and Workouts

I am a pretty busy person, and I don’t usually get a set amount of time each day to sit down and read. Knowing that, I’ve started to take advantage of the fact that my Kindle is light enough to take to the gym, and read while I do some cardio. I’m not always the most gym-driven person, so I’ll take any excuse I can in order to get myself there. It’s been a pretty welcomed change to get home from work, toss on my workout clothes, grab my kindle, and take care of an hour of cardio a few days a week. I have found that I have a much easier time actually working out when there are either words on my screen, or audio books in my ear. If there’s music, I find that I’m changing songs all the time, or that I’m getting bored of the type of music playing. I know that if I leave the gym, there’s a good change that I won’t finish what I’m reading, so I tend to stay a bit longer.

Question for you:

What do you listen to, or read, when you work out, and do you feel like it helps to motivate your gym days?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

One comment on “QOTD – February 21 – Words and Workouts

  1. John Fugman
    February 21, 2014

    I normally just listen to Pandora on random when I’m at the gym. The other day I was on the treadmill and “Rapper’s Delight, the extended version” came on, I have never had 14 minutes go by so fast before. I did not even notice I was working out. Gotta love The Sugarhill Gang!

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