Music For Being On The Move

Let me be honest with you: it took me a long, long time to love working out. I tried jogging on my home treadmill with the television on but found it difficult to focus on anything complex in terms of plot while I was wheezing and exerting myself. Audiobooks gave me a similar trouble. They were too slow and soothing. God forbid I listened to anything funny. Having to stop your workout because you can’t stop laughing, on top of the gasping you’re already doing, is incredibly hard on your body and interrupts your productivity. Music is clearly the solution. In part because I was procrastinating and avoiding my actual workout. I spent a long time making a ton of workout playlists and mixes when I started my health and wellness journey. Here are some of the tips I have for making a playlist that helps keep you mentally stimulated and inspired for the duration of your workout. After all, there’s no shortage of scientific studies that show us the way the brain and body respond to music. This can be as vital a fitness aid as having the right sneakers, a gym membership, etc.

Much like the score of a film, you want to structure your playlist around the tempo and pace of your workout, matching the tone to the predicted energy level. Your first couple of tracks should be aggressive, inspiring and fast paced to keep you feeling fresh and energetic. Then, somewhere in the middle of my playlist, I usually include something a little bit slower – nothing too relaxing, now – in order to help increase my focus. I can tune out and get bored if the playlist is all the same tempo. Slowing down helps increase my motivation and ability to really commit.

Of course, the type of workout will also dictate what exactly you’re pacing for. A boot camp Miami style workout, for example, will not only demand very snug headphones, but intense music the whole time through. You need tracks that will resonate with your body while you try and fall as completely into the workout as possible. The intensity of the boot camp style workout is going to demand your all. I’m talking heavy dance music, electronica, chiptune, heavy metal, hardcore punk, K-pop – whatever you can find that feels driving, as long as the pace remains high. Group training Miami classes always blast upbeat pop music – do you ever notice what a difference it makes in the pace of the group?

Music has always been a tool that’s been a valuable tool for working out. Sports performance professionals know it when their team song blares before a game, and we know it when we plug our earphones in and go out for a jog. The right music can be what puts you over the edge and gets you to that place where you can keep going and going.

Spice Up Your Workout!

Once you finally get into a good workout routine, there’s nothing like it. The rhythm of a good routine is so important to continuing to maintain that exercise habit. Once you fall out of it, starting up again is almost more difficult than starting in the first place! The trick is to make sure you are frequently updating your routine. Introducing new group training Miami classes, for example, every few months can be a great way of keeping things different. Stability and consistancy in your workout is necessary but too much of it can create a total lack of mental stimulation, and without that, motivation tends to run low. Staying in routine while staying out of total constricting predictability can be a hard balance to find. Here are some suggestions on how to keep that excitement going.

If you love to jog and have a favorite predictable route, it may be time to substitute every third run or so with a new location. This is one that has kept my routine alive for years! I’m blessed to live near several wonderful parks with many different trails. Every few jogs, I make a conscious decision to run somewhere I’ve either never run before, or haven’t run in a while. This deepens my appreciation for my regular route while also keeping things interesting. Although I never have been much of a fan of treadmills, I have been known to schedule a run at my local air conditioned gym just to give myself a break from the same scenery.

I also try and make time to use personal training Miami classes as a way of identifying my problem areas, or places I’d like to work on physically, and then trying new exercises or classes to focus on those areas. Boot camp style Miami workouts were a great suggestion made by a trainer at my local gym, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Sometimes, getting that outside sports performance professional opinion can be a lifesaver when it comes to breaking up the monotony of your own practice.

Keeping that mental energy up is just as important as the physical challenge, so I try to make time to watch documentaries, inspirational films, and read texts relating to the fitness world. It’s a great way of reminding me why I’m doing what I’m doing. I am striving for a better, healthier lifestyle, and when it starts to get boring, sometimes I just need a good underdog success story to boost me back up. Getting inspired to keep working out is vital for me and many others. It keeps us feeling good about the amount of time and energy we put into ourselves, especially when things start to feel scripted, too routine, or just plain boring.

Keeping ourselves in good workout habits can be a constant struggle. There is always more that we can do to keep our bodies and minds as attuned as possible to good health, better energy and great habits. Keep up the good work and don’t give up!

Spice Up Your Workout!

Once you finally get into a good workout routine, there’s nothing like it. The rhythm of a good routine is so important to continuing to maintain that exercise habit. Once you fall out of it, starting up again is almost more difficult than starting in the first place! The trick is to make sure you are frequently updating your routine. Introducing new group training Miami classes, for example, every few months can be a great way of keeping things different. Stability and consistancy in your workout is necessary but too much of it can create a total lack of mental stimulation, and without that, motivation tends to run low. Staying in routine while staying out of total constricting predictability can be a hard balance to find. Here are some suggestions on how to keep that excitement going.

If you love to jog and have a favorite predictable route, it may be time to substitute every third run or so with a new location. This is one that has kept my routine alive for years! I’m blessed to live near several wonderful parks with many different trails. Every few jogs, I make a conscious decision to run somewhere I’ve either never run before, or haven’t run in a while. This deepens my appreciation for my regular route while also keeping things interesting. Although I never have been much of a fan of treadmills, I have been known to schedule a run at my local air conditioned gym just to give myself a break from the same scenery.

I also try and make time to use personal training Miami classes as a way of identifying my problem areas, or places I’d like to work on physically, and then trying new exercises or classes to focus on those areas. Boot camp style Miami workouts were a great suggestion made by a trainer at my local gym, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Sometimes, getting that outside sports performance professional opinion can be a lifesaver when it comes to breaking up the monotony of your own practice.

Keeping that mental energy up is just as important as the physical challenge, so I try to make time to watch documentaries, inspirational films, and read texts relating to the fitness world. It’s a great way of reminding me why I’m doing what I’m doing. I am striving for a better, healthier lifestyle, and when it starts to get boring, sometimes I just need a good underdog success story to boost me back up. Getting inspired to keep working out is vital for me and many others. It keeps us feeling good about the amount of time and energy we put into ourselves, especially when things start to feel scripted, too routine, or just plain boring.

Keeping ourselves in good workout habits can be a constant struggle. There is always more that we can do to keep our bodies and minds as attuned as possible to good health, better energy and great habits. Keep up the good work and don’t give up!

Depression and Exercise: An Exploration

Exercising can do great things for your mood. Whether in personal training Miami classes or group training Miami classes, getting out into one of the fine gyms Miami has to offer and being present with a dedicated community can be invaluable to your physical fitness training. While it does lift our mood, helping the brain produce seratonin and dopamine, there is a myth that exercising frequently can be a substitute for anti-depressants.

This widespread myth is often quoted at people who have just come out as being ill, and can limit their willingness to get medical help or start working out entirely. It can be very difficult to share this information with other people, especially considering the typical reaction is ignorance, disgust, and misinterpretation. Remembering that individuals with depression and other neurological conditions have actual, physical illnesses that show up on brain scans is vital in treating them with dignity. Just like we can’t will ourselves to feel better when we have the flu, depression doesn’t go away because we want it to or because we walk every day. Suggesting exercise as a cure all can be condescending and hurtful.

Not everyone who is diagnosed with a mood disorder needs to be medicated. Often, dietary changes and exercising, as well as therapy, can be a really great way of helping the brain deal with the disorder in a non-chemical way. For some of us, though, there is no getting better without medication. When the brain is sick, it’s just like any other organ. Everyone’s physical fitness journey is different, but no matter who you are, the most intensive boot camp style Miami workout is not enough to cure a chronic neurological disorder, and the amount of people who suggest this to those diagnosed with these conditions is shocking, especially considering one of the heaviest symptoms can be the inability to get out of bed due to extreme muscle pain, disorientation, and fatigue.

Any real treatment plan involves a degree of exercise. Mental and physical health are intrinsically intertwined. One depends on the other. We need motivation, discipline and willpower to carry out our workout routines, and we need a healthy and active body in order to help us maintain that motivation, discipline and willpower. Energy level, seratonin, adrenaline, and dopamine are all partially regulated through the active body. Depending entirely on medication, especially any medication that one can develop a tolerance for, is not a treatment plan – it’s a band-aid.

While medication can be lifelong, the degree at which it is taken can depend on many factors that shift over a lifetime. Diet and exercise can help decrease the need for heavy dosages, and, combined with therapy and healthy life choices in terms of rewarding our passions, career aspirations, etc. can lead to more balance.

There are many reasons to get out and exercise, especially if your mental health needs a boost. While it doesn’t solve everything, it can certainly lead to a better quality of life.