Month: January 2020

Why you should listen to music when you work out.

Why you should listen to music when you work out.

We’ve all been there when you’re in the middle of a run and the perfect song comes on and gives you an extra spring in your step. But there are actual scientific reasons why you should listen to music when you work out. 

 

Music is a mood booster.

It has been proven that music, especially our favourite songs, have the power to make us feel good. Listening to music when you work out can dissociate you from the pain or effort of exercise, and instead, tune in to good feelings and happy memories meaning that you don’t give up so easily. 

 

It can enhance performance.

It is in our human nature to sync our movements up with a beat. You will probably have noticed this if you are running and your steps match the song.  By listening to a high tempo song (120 beats per minute or more), we will increase our output more than we would without music, to match the fast beat.

Reduces perceived exhaustion

Music promotes internal motivation that makes vigorous exercise seem easier and less arduous. By creating a positive association with music it makes the whole process of deciding to work out easier in the future, as we don’t have those negative associations holding us back. 

 

Optimises Oxygen usage

Music improves physiological efficiency by increasing blood flow and reducing the amount of oxygen intake required to perform at the same intensity without music. Meaning our body can work harder without paying the price.

So put your headphones on and get moving!

 

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Sticking To Your New Year Goals

Whether its Veganuary, Dry January, stopping smoking, couch to 5k or to lose 2 stone, after a season of indulgence, it’s now the time when everyone focusses on making positive changes to their life, but it can be hard to stick to your New Year goals. At WriteUp we aim to make your fitness journey that little bit easier, so here are some top tips so you don’t fall off the wagon. 

Start Small

The 1st of January isn’t a magical day where you can just turn off all bad habits and expect a revolutionary change, you’re just setting yourself up for a fall. Whatever your goals are, you must make them manageable for your lifestyle. If you want to start going to the gym, don’t aim to go 7 days a week, try once a week then gradually increase frequency. If you’re trying to eat healthier, allow yourself a treat or a healthier dessert option, so as not to deprive yourself.  Making the goals reachable with some flexibility means it isn’t a pass or fail, and you have more chance of succeeding in the long term.

Don’t beat yourself up

If you’re doing ‘Veganuary’, and you accidentally drink a cup of tea with cows milk at a cafe, don’t be too harsh on yourself, it isn’t a failure, just pick back up where you left off. Missed a week of the gym because you got a cold? it doesn’t mean you should give in altogether. Remember lifestyle changes will always have their ups and downs, where some weeks its easier than others, that’s totally normal. 

Share your goals

Whether it’s with family and friends or an online support group of people reaching for the same new year goal, putting your goals out into the public domain makes you more accountable and more likely to stick to it. Not only that, it makes it so much easier for example if you go to a friend’s house, they will know not to offer you alcohol on your Dry January. Having the support and encouragement of others is a great tactic to spur you on. 

Remind yourself of why you have made these new year goals

There is always a firm reason behind your decision to set a resolution. This can often get forgotten about in the midst of what feels like a complete life overhaul. Remind yourself at the beginning of each week why you need to make these changes. Thinking of the bigger picture will help give you motivation and reaffirm your energy to reach the new year goals.