Study: running with music helps times
Fri, July 25, 2014 at 13:53
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Music can often be the overriding factor in a fast run or the length. Hey, how else do you explain taking more time to download songs and create the perfect playlist order than the actual run?

A new Brazilian study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research study the affects of music before, during and after a run. What it found was that those who listened to music before and during a run saw their times decrease. And, listening to lower-paced music after a run helped runners’ bodies get back to pre-run status quicker.

The study was only done on 15 runners. And everyone reacts different to different stimulation and motivation. 

Does music help with your running? (Runners World)

Take control of turf kings and queens

Oftentimes gym members, or prospective members, who are on the fence about joining a gym use “intimidation” as the reason for being unsure.

Most people would think it is being intimidated by classes or not knowing how to do certain exercises correctly as the reason. For many, however, it is other members who make them uneasy.

"It certainly can discourage people who are new to a gym or new to exercising in a gym," said John Raglin, a sports psychologist at the University of Indiana, on "It's hard enough to start and maintain an exercise program - on average 50 percent of people who start will be gone within eight weeks - that these impediments can stop people in their tracks before they even get started."

Murray said managers and instructors need to take control.

Fellow members intimidating (

Exercise and feel good about physical appearance

We all know how working out makes us feel better on the inside. Now a report shows that Americans who work out for 30 minutes a day feel better about their physical appearance. 

These data are based on more than 80,000 interviews with U.S. adults from Jan. 1-June 23, 2014, as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Seven in 10 people interviewed said they “always feel good” when they exercised every day for 30 minutes. Only half who didn’t exercise at all, one once in a week, felt good about themselves.

Those who exercise are happy with appearance (Gallup)

Despite many options, in-person workout with trainer is best

An expert explains that there is no substituting for a good personal trainer. 

Beudros Keuilian, in a blog on his website, notes that personal trainers help clients with goals, a plan to attain the goals, and, of course, instruction on how to do exercise correctly. He says that is not something videos or magazines can replicate.

"You can read about how to drive online or watch how-to videos on YouTube, but having an experienced driver in the car with you is still the best way to learn," he explains on "Fitness is the same way. Most people need someone to sort the relevant information from the irrelevant and then show them how to apply it, cheer them on when they work hard and help them to tweak their programs as they progress."

No substituting for personal trainers (Digital Journal)


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