I learned something today…

May 25, 2011

Work-Life Balance

"Metronome Blue" by mandykoh

I like listening to music when I do my afternoon walk. If there’s one thing that bugs me, it’s finding a song with a really good walking beat, only to have it followed with another that slows right down, or speeds right up.

It’s the little things.

It gets really annoying when I spend a whole 50-minute walk changing up and down like this. (Okay, so I’m a bit anal when it comes to music for waking.)

So I got a whole stack of songs I like “walking along” to, put them all on an iTunes list, and downloaded a metronome onto my iphone. I cut out any songs that went below 122 beats per minute, or above 130.

Then I rearranged the song order, starting from 122 bpm, working up slowly to 130, and then back down to 122. (I did say I was anal.)

I tested out my new list today for the first time. It worked wonderfully.

What I’ve learned is this: after 50 mins of walking at 122 bpm+, your legs get sore.

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About Gabrielle Deschamps

I'm a secondary music teacher, interested in music technology and its integration into classroom pedagogy.

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2 Comments on “I learned something today…”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    I did that too, last year! I made one that is walking, one that is running, and one that alternates between walking and running… I’ve also created my own with Garageband for fun… but usually I just use the playlist…


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