Day 12

Plugged or unplugged: that is the (first) question. 

The second, of course, is: what are you listening to?

“I walk along and dance when I walk,” says Pam,  the How Not to Act Old blogger who charted my uphill launch walk earlier this month.  Pam recommends Duffy, “now one of my favorites,” and the tune “Warwick Avenue” in particular. 

My daughter Melissa runs every day, and wouldn’t dream of putting on her sneakers without grabbing for her I-Pod.   The American group, oddly enough called Of Montreal, tops Melissa’s favorite on-the-go music these days, but beware the teenage playlist: it’s hard, heavy, and filled with lyrics you’d never dream of listening to in your house.

Don’t believe me? Check out this song from Of Montreal, which I listen to when I walk with music, thanks to Melissa.   Like Leslie, who takes her daughter’s I-Pod for on-the-go motivation, I’m never quite sure what I’m going to hear on Melissa’s playlist. And that’s part of the fun.

Special thanks to Jessica for recommending the Ting Tings. LOVE ‘EM — especially “That’s Not My Name” (see video above).   This Indie British post punk duo with an edgy percussion strut to their sound must surely fit the About.com: Walking recommendation to pick music with a beat between 115 to 120 per minute to help keep your walk in rhythm.

Not only that, but the site’s walking maven Wendy Bumgardner points to research that says walking to music not only helps motivate walkers to go further, it also makes you smarter!

Got other walking favorites? Post them on the comments page, and I’ll put up some new music links soon.

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