Ditch Your Music For A Better Workout? Here's How

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Most of us listen to music while we work out. But have you ever stopped to think about why? Maybe your brain needs a little distraction to keep you motivated and help pass the time; if so, then why not try an audiobook? It’s a great way to switch things up and make your trail run or weekend hike way more exciting. The time will fly by, and if you choose the right audiobook, your brain will get a workout, too.

We've picked out some of our favorite options; these audiobooks will hold your attention, teach you something new, and help expand your mind while moving your body:

"Slow Medicine" by Victoria Sweet

In recent years medicine has been replaced by "health care," a system that values efficiency over empathy and profit over wellness. Dr. Victoria Sweet has been a physician for years and has seen the detrimental effects of this firsthand. In this audiobook, she makes the case for all of us to slow the heck down. Because good medicine and true healing take patience, presence, and mindfulness.

"A Legacy of Spies" by John le Carré

This story begins with Peter Guillam, an ex-spy for the British Secret Service, enjoying retirement on the coast of Brittany. But then he gets news that people are digging up his past—something that might threaten his future and even his life. This heart-racer is the perfect complement to a high-intensity run.

"The Keto Reset Diet" by Mark Sisson

Sisson is the author of the best-selling book Primal Blueprint and an expert in all things health, nutrition, and metabolism. In this new audiobook, he gives you a one-month plan to reset your metabolism and turn you into a fat-burning machine. This is the perfect audiobook for a workout—you can learn about your body’s physiology as you exercise it!

"The Four Tendencies" by Gretchen Rubin

Ever wondered why you do the things you do? Rubin—an expert on habits and human nature—goes under the surface to answer just that question. In this new audiobook, she reveals that there are four hidden personality profiles: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. The only question now is: Which one are you?

"The Hacking of the American Mind" by Robert H. Lustig

If you thought we were living at the mercy of major corporations before, you haven't heard anything yet. In this audiobook, Lustig—a New York Times-best-selling author—explains how marketing has evolved to mess with our minds and emotions on a deep, disturbing level. The worst part? They’ve used some pretty solid science to do it.

"Endurance" by Scott Kelly

In this riveting memoir, Kelly—who is a record holder for consecutive days in space—describes what it’s like to be floating around miles and miles from Earth. He’ll describe the struggles of physical isolation, the emotional effects of being so far from home, and the mental toll of confronting danger every single day. Your workout will be over before you know it with this thrilling story to keep you going.

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