For me, the length of time I'm able to exercise (in an individual activity, like cycling or walking or - hopefully someday - running) depends largely on the music playing in my iPod.
I mentioned a while back that when I first started with the cycling in my basement (is that what the beautiful people call "spinning" or is that something else?), I was using the music in my iPhone - which is generally slower-beat music. I don't tend to listen to dance music "recreationally," so there isn't much of it in my usual music mix.
It helped to have the music (my very first cycling session lasted 15 minutes, and I think a big part of that was that I hadn't had any music at all), but it wasn't music that got me pumped up.
Enter the faithful Mo
The faithful Mo, our lone (so far) blog commenter other than each other, reminded me that she had given me a great little iPod last Christmas, to help me on my then-plan to start running. Of course I remembered the iPod, but I hadn't been thinking about how much more convenient it would be to use it on the bike than the iPhone, since she had also bought me an arm-band holder for it.
So I charged it up and brought it downstairs, got on the bike, fired it up - and found she had put a 30-minute dance mix on it to get me started! I had completely forgotten about that!
The difference has been huge.
There are almost no songs on that mix I would normally listen to (for example, in my car), since dance music isn't generally my thing. But on my bike? I love it!
Come on, I dare you to sit still to this!
I don't know whether it was intentional, but the last song she put on the mix was Ricky Martin's "La Copa de la Vida" - which, as I get to the end of my workout, keeps asking me "Do you really want it? Do you really want it?"