It's time for October Challenge #2! This week we're going to do a little more prep work for our seven-month journey to being beach ready.
Did you know that "carefully selected music can significantly increase a personís physical endurance and make the experience of cardiovascular exercise far more positive," according to a study conducted at Brunel Universityís School of Sport and Education.
Another study found that "Participants reported feeling better emotionally and mentally after working out regardless of whether or not they listened to music. But the improvement in verbal fluency test performance after listening to music was more than double that of the non-music condition." (Ohio State University)
Most of this probably isn't a surprise. We know there's nothing like great music to keep you exercising when the going gets tough. So this week's challenge is to ...
BUILD A PERSONALIZED PLAYLIST TO USE FOR THE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY YOU DO MOST OFTEN.
Maybe you'll want a pumpin' beat for those 5K training runs that just keep getting harder (who me?). Maybe you want something soothing for your yoga or pilates work. Whatever the exercise, there is a music to match it.
Something that has helped me immeasurably is finding out a favorite workout song's beats per minute (BPM). I realized one day that the tempo of Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me" (no haters! Poison rocks!) was in perfect synch with my comfortable running pace. I looked up it's BPM, and then checked out other songs with the same BPM to create a running playlist that is sure to keep me moving at a good pace - not too fast, not too slow.
To find a song's BPM, simply search the title + BPM. Or search the exercise + BPM. I just did this and now have about ten sites with suggestions for great songs for running. Here's a site on how to find BPMs:lifehacker.com/5646941/how-to-build-the-ul
You can also just pick songs you like that you know will put you in the mood to do your daily fitness. And make as many as you need - one big playlist or one for each of your activities. Whatever works for you is great!
I'm going to create a new forum where we can share our playlists. In the meantime, please reply here with:
1) Your commitment to the challenge
2) The (first/main) exercise for which you're going to create your playlist
3) Your one or two favorite (fitness) guilty pleasure songs
Your response and playlist should be posted no later than Monday, October 24th.
Edited by: CRABADA at: 10/17/2011 (23:58)
★ At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you.
★ A year from now you will wish you had started today.
★ Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
| Pounds lost: 16.5