Viviana, Enchantress of Books and I are excited to have Tara Lain guest blogging on our second annual Audio Book Lovin’ series. So with our further ado I turn the blog over to Tara.
Audiobooks – My Secret Heath Weapon
Hi! I’m so happy to be a part of this great audiobook event. My thanks to Enchantress of Books and Books n’ Kisses for inviting me. Audiobooks are my secret health weapon! Now, I know all of you are audiobook lovers, so this will be no revelation to you, but for me – well, I’m a johnny-come-lately in the audiobook health department.
A number of years ago, I used to go to an office every day and I loved to listen to audiobooks in my car. I especially loved the Great Courses and would work my way through amazing lectures on opera and the history of China and great authors of America with a smile on my face – even though I was caught in Southern California traffic! Then my life shifted and I got to work from home about 95% of the time. Away went the driving – and the audiobooks. I totally got out of the habit. One day a half year ago or so, I saw someone on Facebook extolling the virtues of listening to audiobooks while walking. Hmm. Sounded interesting, but I knew so little about audiobooks I wasn’t even sure how one got a book to a place where you could listen to it. I went to Audible. I figured I had a bunch of books on audio by this time and I should be supporting the audiobook market! I signed up. Chose a couple books. Presto, like magic they appeared on my phone. The next time I went for a walk, I plugged in my earphones, grabbed my phone and – cool! I enjoyed my walk a lot.
But many times, I walk with others so no book. Then I went back to the gym in a big way. Hey, if the books were amusing on a walk outside, maybe they’d be even better on the boring treadmill. That did it. I’m now a dedicated audiobook listener at the gym. I don’t have a fancy audio device. I just tuck my phone into my tights (admittedly, a little dorky) and haul butt around the weights, TRX, treadmill, rower, elliptical, et al. Only in my Pilates classes do I leave my earphones off. But, I have a Pilates reformer in my garage. I wasn’t using it because the garage is too boring – no TV, radio, or interesting sights aside from two Priuses – but the magic audiobook has changed all that. I head outside to the garage with a book playing and come back in an hour later exercised and thoroughly entertained. I’ve enjoyed Anne Tenino doing hundreds and Amy Lane through agonizing arm exercises.
I know you’re probably already aware of all this, but maybe I can jog your memory as that Facebook post did for me months ago. Audiobooks make everything better –especially at the gym!
Bk #1: Audio Book Sample – Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain
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