The Buddhist proverb “When walking, walk…” came long before the cell phone age — but we need its wisdom now more than ever. With the virtual world at your fingertips, it’s tempting to make calls or send or read texts while you’re walking, jogging, or pedaling on a stationary bike. But you’ll get a better workout and help prevent injuries if you stick with the task at hand. Recent research shows that talking on the phone or texting can reduce the intensity of your workout and, not surprisingly, impair balance, which can lead to falls. As much as we want to be able to do two, four, or six things at once, this type of multitasking just isn’t good for you. But here’s one way your phone or iPod can help you get a better workout: music! Exercising to your favorite tunes can help you enjoy your workout more and increase your endurance. So turn off the ringer, ditch vibration alerts, and queue up your favorite upbeat music.
“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen