Listening to music or watching television while working out may be detrimental to your workout and cause injuries. Studies have shown that people who have audio distractions may not pay attention to the task at hand–things such as obstacles, form, or intensity of the workout. Distractions were seen to cause higher heart rates and cause breathing to be heavier, and seemed to cause heavier footfalls causing them to come down harder on their legs. Experts caution runners to use caution and be free of distractions when performing new exercise or running a new route.
- When distracted by audio or visual interruptions runners put more pressure on their legs.
- Because of distractions from audio and visual stimuli runners may find themselves short of breath.
- If you are in a new routine or place it is best to get used to it before adding music or at least using music you already know.
“New research supports the idea that auditory and visual distractions while running may raise your risk for leg injuries.”