Thursday, 28 February 2013

Boost Your Workout with an Amazing Playlist

There is no question about how certain music sets certain moods in a room. A party would have disco music to get people all energized and on their feet, while church music would set the mood of silence and peace, or a kiddie party would have nursery songs to get the kids on their party mode. Music has the power to exude a certain feeling from people. Haven’t you had that experience where a song would just suddenly turn your mood around and make you feel down?

This is the exact same effect music has to a person’s workout. Yes, workout songs can make or break your gym session. The new trend today is to boost every workout with some really great music. Cycling classes and aerobics workouts are all done with music to set the people on gym mode and boost their muscles for workout. Many gym instructors can attest to the importance of having the right music during a class. The rhythm and beat you play will guide the members of a gym class to each routine—an upbeat music will send them sprinting in their treadmills, while a slower beat would keep them slowly pacing in their cycles.

Workout songs also dictate the mood inside a room. This is the reason why aerobics sessions use upbeat music to get the people all bouncy and dancing. Just the mere sound of a song can wake up your nerves and get you all pumped up. Have you ever noticed how boxers enter the arena in this loud pumping music? Well, that’s because they need to get their mind in the zone and music helps them do that.

Your music choice can make a world of difference in your workout, so before you get to your next gym session, here are a few tips you can try when choosing your workout songs.

  •  Get updated with what’s in. Listen to the radio and familiarize yourself to some of the latest music. While working around the house or driving in your car, maximize the time to listen to music.
  • Visualize your workout routine and try to see if a certain music will fit the routine. Try to see how a song makes you feel, if it gets you up on your feet and makes you feel like jogging, then this may be a good workout song.
  •  Take down the titles of the possible songs. Try to go online and download the song or purchase a CD of it.
  • Create various playlists depending on the song type, this will help you easily pick out song for a specific workout routine. Transfer your workout playlist on your MP3 or smartphone so you have it’s ready when you go to the gym.

You will be amazed at how having the right workout songs can totally boost your mood and energy. It’s not every day that you’re all excited to work out; but with some really cool music you can turn a boring gym day into an amazing gym day.  

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The Origin of Indoor Cycling

The first indoor cycle was designed in the 1980’s by a man named Jonathan Goldberg. The idea came to mind after he narrowly escaped an accident while biking outdoors. He then thought of simulating a bicycle that run stationary indoors. With the use of flywheel, specially designed handlebars, and adjustment points, his indoor cycle was able to perfectly simulate the momentum and inertia created by an outdoor bicycle. His repurposed bike is now used in thousands of gyms around the country.

People today are more health conscious than ever before. Men and women look after the food they eat, get regular exercise, and even take supplements to make sure they’re at their best. Exercise equipment like treadmill and indoor cycling machines have also become very popular in the market, and owning one has become more of a necessity than a luxury. Yes, whether you’re a health buff or not, a few minutes on the treadmill or stationary bike is now a part of most people’s daily routine.

Even the busiest person today takes time regularly to hit the gym for a workout. It not only helps you stay fit but also helps release stress from work and even school. Depending on what you want to achieve in your workout, gym instructors may recommend various routines that hit target areas and give the results you desire. While there are various forms or exercises, experts have proven that one of the best, safest and most useful fitness exercise is indoor cycling.

Similar to riding a bike outdoors, indoor cycling is designed to simulate the feel and benefits of actually riding a bike across town, the only difference is you stay safely indoors, protected from road accidents, bad weather and pollution. Indoor cycling is an intense cardio exercise that works to strengthen your heart and lungs, and boosts blood circulation across the body.

The innovation is so amazing that every training gym today has an indoor cycle for their clients. Below are a few more benefits you’ll get from indoor cycling.

  •  It’s great for any age group. Riding an indoor cycle can be done even by kids and the elderly. The benefits are also amazing for both groups. In addition, kids can ride for an entire hour and still be safe inside the house.
  •  Cycling has been proven to lower the risk of heart disease. This cardio exercise strengthens the heart and total blood circulation of the body.
  •  Great for burning calories. An hour of indoor cycling equals about 15 to 20 miles of bike ride. This is one of the best ways to get back in shape.
  • · Proven treatment for sleeplessness. Many people have attributed cycling for helping improve their sleep patterns.

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