Listening to music to improve work-out

I totally agree that listening to music can enhance your performance while working-out and in return lets you hit your goal more successfully, plenty of studies have shown that music increases concentration, lowers perception of effort, provides ongoing stimulus and generally leaves you feeling more positive.

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A good beat can help you keep pace.

The rhythm of your workout music stimulates the motor area of the brain as to when to move, thereby aiding self-paced exercises such as running or weight-lifting. Cluing into these time signals helps us use our energy more efficiently, since keeping a steady pace is easier on our bodies than fluctuating throughout a sweat session.

You really can’t stop the beat! Researchers found that when music possesses “high-groove” qualities, the brain gets excited and induces movement in the listener. Basically, your playlist has the ability to make you move — no matter how much you’re dreading that workout. [source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/01/why-exercise-workout-music-playlist_n_4173931.html]

Other advantages of having music in your work-outs

  1. It ups your effort.
  2. Music puts you “in the zone”
  3. Music can elevate your mood
  4. It makes you want to move
  5. Music is the good kind of distraction

These just complete my love for music and exercising, maybe I can go totally yamaha on my next playlist.. :)

Love Working Out? Here are Tips You Should Know

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Even people who workout religiously could learn a thing or two. If you’re looking to take your fitness to the next level, consider these workout suggestions.

1. Want to swim faster? You need to increase the flexibility of your ankles, believe it or not. To do this, sit on the floor and extend your legs in front of you, keeping your heels on the floor. Point your toes as straight forward as you can, then flex them as much as you can. Do this for one minute straight.

2. To buy workout shoes that fit, go shopping late in the day, when your fit are their biggest. After spending time on your feet all day, they swell a bit. Your sneakers need to be comfortable all day long, not just in the morning. You want to leave half an inch in front of your longest toe, too. You should be able to easily wiggle your toes.

3. Want to increase your forearm strength before your next tennis or racquetball match? Put a sheet of newspaper on a flat surface. Starting at one corner, take 30 seconds to crumple it into a ball with your dominant hand. Repeat the exercise with your other hand. You’ll be surprised that this isn’t as easy as you may think!

4. If you hate a particular exercise, that’s exactly the exercise you should be doing. You probably hate doing it because you’re weak at it, which means you need to build up those particular muscles. If you have a passion for healthcare, check out Yosef Meystel’s site.

5. If you hurt one arm and have to stop working it out for the time being, continue exercising the opposite arm. According to the University of Oklahoma, people who trained one arm for two weeks increased the strength in their opposite arm by as much as ten percent. When you exercise one arm, the muscle nerve fibers in the other arm are stimulated.

6. To get a great calf workout, do calf raises while standing and also while seated, which will work out all of the muscles in your calves. It may not feel like anything’s happening when you’re seated, but you’re definitely working out certain muscles. Odds are you’ll feel a bit of light soreness after a few days of this exercise, which means you’re working out new muscles.

Whatever you do, don’t take a painkiller after a workout. They don’t relieve muscle soreness like you think they do. Actually, they can suppress muscle growth when you take them immediately following a workout. Regardless of your fitness goals, steer clear of painkillers for a while after leaving the gym.

A great gift idea from Jord Wood Watch

My husband’s already owned a Jord Wood Watch, the Delmar Red that I gifted him for his birthday last year. Now I’m very happy I’ve got to own one from the same brand and this time it’s the Ely Cherry Wood watch, hubby’s watch has a bigger design and I’m glad they also have smaller ones fit for ladies, actually it’s  unisex, and I like it . What I like about their watches is theses are made from real of wood, not plastic made to look like wood, for an environmental advocate and nature-lover like me, this is just perfect..

Jord Ely Wood watch

I am a casual dresser person and I think suits my style just right. I can wear this watch everyday and go on with active lifestyle without sacrificing a bit of my fashion sense.

Josie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mens Wood Watches

Jord Wood Watches is a locally owned St. Louis, Missouri company and they design/produce real wood watches  from sustainable materials from all around the world. So if you’re looking for something that is down-to-earth then this is one watch that’s definitely for you. And with the prices being reasonable, well I don’t think you’d go wrong.

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Here is the close-up Ely Cherry design I picked this as it seemed like the smallest one out of the selection.

Here is the description of this design found on their website:

Ely is the complement to our Fieldcrest series, produced using a slightly smaller dial and band, with the addition of a date display. The simplicity of this design accentuates the intricacy of the wood grain. The Ely is understated and effortless.

  • Deployment Buckle with Push Button
  • Scratch Resistant Mineral
  • Citizen Miyota Quartz Movement (2015 w/Date Display)
  • Case Width: 37mm
  • Case Thickness: 11mm
  • Lug Ends: 45mm
  • Band Length: 200mm
  • Band Thickness: 21mm

The best part is that you get to customize the size of your watch even before purchasing so you can save up on that trip to the jeweler. You can visit their website and pick your style from the wide selections at woodwatches.com/shop for a start, you can either give it as  gift for your partner or for yourself.

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