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SEE how the music moves you


SEE Tip: Listening to music while exercising can be a great motivator! While for some it can be distracting in a bad way, others love it for that quality. It seems to make time go by faster and helps push you up that last hill, through the last set, or run one more lap. Why is music just so great?

British researchers discovered that bikers pedaled faster and had a stronger pedal stroke with a higher tempo song playing versus a lower tempo. Even when it was the same song just slowed down or sped up, the participants reported liking the higher tempo song more. Although it didn't make the workout seem easier, it pushed the bikers to do more.  As the researchers wrote, when “the music was played faster, the participants chose to accept, and even prefer, a greater degree of effort.”

Now that we know music is a great motivator, what are some great workout songs? Here are some of the best!

"2012 (It Ain't the End)" - Jay Sean, featuring Nicki Minaj
"Club Can't Handle Me" - Flo Rida, featuring David Guetta 
"Not Afraid" - Eminem 
"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love Again" - Usher, featuring Pitbull 
"I Like It" - Enrique Iglesias, featuring Pitbull 
"Only Girl (in the World)" - Rihanna 
"Roar" - Katy Perry
“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” Fergie
"I Love It" - Icona Pop
"Counting Stars" - OneRepublic
"Safe and Sound" - Capital Cities

What are your favorite workout songs? Share below in the comments or stop by Nolan's tonight from 6-7:30 and tell the PEEPs for a chance to win an itunes gift card!

source: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/phys-ed-does-music-make-you-exercise-harder/

HKB Quit Tip:  Thinking about quitting smoking? Join a nation of other soon to be ex-smokers this Thursday, November 21st for the Great American Smoke Out!  Use this national quit day to start fresh and build a healthier you.  Have questions about how to do it?  Find HKB members on the Levering courtyard from 11-1 giving out quit cold turkey subs and at Nolan's from 6-7.  Ask questions, learn how to help yourself or others, and get some goodies.  

Mellow Out Monday Tip:  Music can motivate workouts and create a total mindset change.  The beats can help move your body or move you into a less stressful state of mind.  When you're feeling stressed, try putting some music on to help yourself de-stress for a bit.  You can take a 5 minute dance break or if you are a musical person, take the time to make your own music by singing or playing your own music. 

Need another stress reliever?  Try a free back rub from Stressbusters!  Tonight, Stressbusters will be back in the library on Q level from 8-10pm.  Free back rubs for a happier you!