Listening to music can be very nice when you’re running to get some exercise. It helps you pass the time, it’s a distraction from the difficulty of running, and many people can’t imagine going for a jog without it. In fact, some claim that they can run faster or longer when they have their music playing, so it actually helps your workout.
While you’re certainly allowed to do this if you choose, it is important to note that it can put you at greater danger of being injured in an accident. Runners need to consider the risks that they face and how listening to music may contribute. Are headphones best off left at home?
Reducing road noise
The problem is that headphones can reduce road noise to virtually nothing. A runner may be well aware of what’s happening directly in front of them, but the music serves as a distraction that cuts them off from what is happening elsewhere. This is very important when running near a road, as cars could be approaching from behind, turning from other roads, exiting and entering driveways, and much more.
Music can also be mentally distracting. It’s been found that drivers who listen to their favorite music while driving will make more errors because of the way that they emotionally connect with the music. The same thing can happen when running if you’re paying more attention to the song than to the conditions around you.
But, once again, you are allowed to run and listen to music. Doing so doesn’t make an accident your fault if a driver makes a mistake and hits you. Make sure you know how to seek financial compensation for your medical bills.