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Audio books keep me motivated on my walks

With just under a month to go, I've finally pulled my socks up and started training. I don't know about you, but sometimes for me, starting is the hardest part.

It's so easy to listen to the voice in your head that always thinks tomorrow is better than today, but I've silenced that voice at last and started walking.

I have to be honest, I don't love walking. I find it quite boring, and because I'm not super fit, if I'm walking at a very fast pace, chatting is a bit difficult, which is a little embarrassing. I know lots of people find music to be a great motivator, but despite my love of music I find I get bored of that as well. What I have found to be a great help, though, is podcasts and audiobooks.

Most podcasts are free, and there really is one for everyone. My favourites are This American Life, Radio Lab and, of course, the myriad available from my colleagues at 2fm. Aside from podcasts, however, there's a whole world of audiobooks available for you to have in your ears while training. My favourites are non-fiction books read by their authors, which really take you away from what you're doing. I've especially enjoyed Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Tina Fey's Bossy. Not only do they distract you and keep you entertained, you can also boast to friends about the "great book you're reading"!

So, if music isn't working for you, why not explore the spoken word? Best of luck with your training.

> louise mcsharry

Louise presents The Louise McSharry Show on 2fm, Sunday-Thursday, 8pm-10pm


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