Mp3 Player for running (or any exercise).
Using an Mp3 Player for exercise, whether we are running or
working out in the gym, we like to do it to music. To our
favorite music or music we've chosen for what we're doing -
possibly vigorous music for aerobics, soothing music for
weightlifting, or a good beat for running, snowboarding or
skiing, whatever works for you, is the best for you.
One of the easiest ways to carry that music is with a
suitable MP3 player that is light, compact and loaded with your
choice of music.
Using an Mp3 player for running, as we all know, over
many years people have carried radio's, cassette players and CD
players while they were running. All of these were either
awkward to carry, or were limited by the length of tape or CD,
or the CD would skip, or the radio reception was varied or
The MP3 player for running has changed a lot of that, but
not all. It has become noticeable that some MP3 players are best
not used for vigorous activity. Over the years we've been told
that computer hard drives are temperamental and deserve to be
looked after. Shaking or dropping them, we've been told will
damage them, as a minimum - cause bad sectors, and ultimately
cause loss of data or a damaged boot sector.
Then what happens - we are sold MP3 players that run from
computer hard drives (ie, spinning disc's). Yes, we know they
have shock protection built in, but this is so we don't hear the
skipped music tracks - not to stop the hard drive from being
I was discussing these thoughts with a client last week, and was
interrupted by a computer technician, I thought whoops what have
I said wrong, he then confirmed what I was saying is right, as
he had replaced his MP3 player hard drive twice in 2 years. He
had put it down to heavy use as he is always playing it, apart
from the running, and not realized the real problem (that he was
using his MP3 player for running) until after a discussion with
his work mates. Now he uses a solid state MP3 player for his
25Km runs and has had no problem with either the new unit or his
hard drive MP3 player over the last 18 months, none at all.
My advice is to only use a solid State MP3 player for running,
they can carry from 2 hours to over 300 hours of music (from
128Mb to 4Gig of storage). These units have no moving parts,
therefore shock movement will not damage the music quality, the
storage or there long life.
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