Mind Over Matter: My Workout Music

Every workout should be accompanied by a good soundtrack. Research on exercise motivation has repeatedly proven the benefits of listening to music during exercise. Music not only makes your jogging, biking or yoga routine more enjoyable, it also distracts your brain from the physical stress of exercising. Music leads to less physical burnout, more exercise time, and more calories burned. Numerous studies have also connected music with improved mood and energy. It has worked for Olympic athletes, and it will work for you.My daily yoga and exercise routines wouldn’t be complete without the right tunes. If you need some motivation, feel free to borrow some of my choices. My playlist is a mix of fast and slower-paced songs – as you can see, I’m quite the ‘80s fan. The energy of Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello get me through more intense workouts. The slower, relaxing songs perfectly complement a successful warm-up or cool-down session.

Mind Over Matter: My Workout Music
Mind Over Matter: My Workout Music

Every workout should be accompanied by a good soundtrack. Research on exercise motivation has repeatedly proven the benefits of listening to music during exercise. Music not only makes your jogging, biking or yoga routine more enjoyable, it also distracts your brain from the physical stress of exercising. Music leads to less physical burnout, more exercise time, and more calories burned. Numerous studies have also connected music with improved mood and energy. It has worked for Olympic athletes, and it will work for you.
My daily yoga and exercise routines wouldn’t be complete without the right tunes. If you need some motivation, feel free to borrow some of my choices. My playlist is a mix of fast and slower-paced songs – as you can see, I’m quite the ‘80s fan. The energy of Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello get me through more intense workouts. The slower, relaxing songs perfectly complement a successful warm-up or cool-down session.

Watch this space as I post more of my favorite songs and playlists throughout the year. Maybe you’ll find more new favorites!


4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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