It’s safe to say everyone appreciates the company of an MP3 player while running. Some blast a “GET HYPE 2017 Workout Mix” playlist through their earbuds, lighting a fire throughout their muscles as their mind flashes to cutscenes of a triumphant Rocky Balboa. Others value softer music that enhances the serenity of a mid-morning run around the neighborhood. However, regardless of musical preference, the distractive nature of an MP3 player can result in a severe lack of awareness and an increased vulnerability to potential attackers - all because of those pesky headphones!
“So then what do I do, Team TASER?” Glad you asked, anonymous reader.
Obviously, running without listening to music is a simple solution for increasing general awareness, though this does come with its downsides as well. Music serves as a diversion from the fatigue of aching muscles, allowing for runners to challenge their own perception of their body’s limits without even realizing it! Of course, music will also serve as a distraction from the surrounding environment, impairing your hearing to the point that a suspicious individual could sneak up and attack from behind! If you absolutely cannot exercise without your favorite tunes and are confident in your self-defense capabilities, low-volume music is a solution that somewhat satisfies both sides of the coin.
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