Today’s featured new mix is sure to make you want to move whether it’s on the treadmill, or elliptical, getting ready in the morning or getting steamy dancing in the kitchen while making dinner. If you need upbeat, current hits to keep you going, this mix is for you! More
Researchers Say The Right Tempo Boosts Stamina, Energy Efficiency
Looking for a perfect tune for your workout?
Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” has the optimal beat. So does “Gangnam Style” by Psy and Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.”
Research has found that at the right tempo, music can reduce the sense of exertion as well as boost motivation. Costas Karageorghis, deputy head of research at the School of Sport and Education at London’s Brunel University, says the “sweet spot” for workout music is between 125 and 140 beats per minute when people aren’t trying to time their movements to the music. Previously, experts believed that the faster a person exercises, the faster the music tempo should be.
Other new studies have shown that when athletes synchronize their movements to a musical beat, their bodies can handle more exertion: Treadmill walkers had greater stamina and cyclists required less oxygen uptake. And swimmers who listened to music during races finished faster than others who didn’t
“Music can alter emotional and physiological arousal much like a pharmacological stimulant or sedative,” says Dr. Karageorghis, who has worked as a consultant psychologist to music and sports-equipment companies and for Olympic athletes. “It has the capacity to stimulate people even before they go into the gym.”
The benefits of music seem most pronounced during low-to-moderate-intensity exercise—in other words, it’s more effective for recreational exercisers than elite athletes, scientists say. And finding just the right beat isn’t difficult, as a lot of popular music falls within the optimum tempo range and most other musical genres also have music in that range, Dr. Karageorghis says. For classical music buffs, two pieces that work for him are Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, known as the “Eroica” symphony, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor. Other qualities that make music ideal for workouts are motivational sounds and lyrics—think the theme from “Chariots of Fire” with its associated image of men running on the beach.
Sylwia Wiesenberg, owner of Tonique Fitness in New York City, says she keeps tempo in mind when compiling playlists for her two-hour cardio and body-sculpting class. “The hardest part of the class is the first 15 to 20 minutes,” she says. “I use music as my powerful instrument to push people harder,” she says. More
So, this week we’ve come across not one, but two incredible mentions in two separate Mashable posts! If you aren’t privy to the importance of being featured in Mashable just know this, it is “a leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable’s 20 million monthly unique visitors and 6 million social media followers have become one of the most engaged online news communities.” We know what you’re thinking, “whoa! 20 million unique visitors?!” and we’re right there with you. We typically keep our users updated with all the exciting news going on through Twitter and Facebook but it doesn’t hurt to put both mentions in one handy blog post for you all. Take a look and try to imagine the excitement we’re experiencing in the office. We’re pretty much peeing our pants.
Thanks to everyone who shares FIT Radio with anyone they meet, we’re sure that you might have a little something to do with this 😉
If you consider yourself an avid FIT Radio listener, then you probably already “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, our two most widely used and constantly updated Social Media avenues. The two places where you can see us post everything from the finished product of the promo video:
…to the exciting mention we got from self-made millionaire and Beach Body/ P90x partner-in-crime, Chalene Johnson:
(both of which we are super proud of and love when you share them with your friends 🙂 that wasn’t me being coy that was me blatantly trying to entice you to share, just bein’ honest)
So you can imagine our awe and excitement with the new year as Living Social adds us to their list of deals! The app is ready for the public and what better platform to launch with than the crazy, fun company that brings the party everywhere they go? Consider them that one friend you have that can always get “the hook-up.” For example: spending $18 instead of $36 on a 1 year premium subscription to a great music app to keep you and your posse moving all day long. Sounds to me like we could all use a friend or two like that 🙂 So spread the word and be the friend who gives the scoop on the best app you can buy for the new year!
If you are one of the select few who have dropped a couple Benjamins on the new iPhone 5 then you know all about the new ‘EarPods’. As for the rest of us, don’t worry, a new pair (sans iPhone) is available for the fair price of $29. The newly designed EarPods boast a more natural fit in the user’s ear (whereas before you probably felt you might be damaging your ears you were cramming in so tightly…I did!). Another change to the design includes a larger remote.
The larger remote (which is FIT Radio compatible just like the old one) will allow the user to change the volume and pause whatever mix they are enjoying much easier than before. So, if you’re looking to upgrade your ear buds, check these out. Anything that makes your workout with FIT easier and more enjoyable is always okay with us 🙂
The new Romantic Comedy, “The Five-Year Engagement” starring Emily Blunt hits theaters this weekend and we are pumped to share the leading lady’s outlook on fitness and living a healthy lifestyle from one of our favorite sites, fitsugar.com!
It’s as simple as staying positive, having fun and indulging when you want to as long as you’re smart about it. Could it be any easier? We don’t think so!
Trance Music: part of speech: n a genre of music, esp. electronic, that is hypnotic and suggests trances; any trance-like or trance-inducing music used for ritual or spiritual dance
The moment you all have been waiting for has arrived. With so many requests from our users to add a Trance genre to the FIT Radio app, we had to oblige. If you aren’t familiar and are not really sure what Trance music is, the definition above says it all. It’s music to get you moving and keep you moving. With a tempo between 125 and 150 beats per minute how could you not? Pair that kind of energy with a mesmerizing show of lights and you’ve got yourself a trance show. Trance isn’t just about the beats and the music, the atmosphere adds so much to the genre that when when people hear the word Trance, they not only envision the famous artists that come to mind like Tiesto and Armin Van Buuren, but the crowd, the lights and the movement that surrounds you when you go to a Trance like show. So, naturally we wanted to integrate that kind of life and fun party mentality into the FIT Radio app! So bring Trance to your next house party or gym session and you won’t be disappointed.
We found this fun and easy DIY project from one of our favorite sites, cnet.com. Not only is it cheap and easy but it’s perfect for the gym and any time you want to pair music with a workout (which should be all the time! 😉 Click the pic for the deets! And follow this article’s author, @SharonVak for all of her updates and entertaining tweets
Did you like this post? Would you like to see more fun, DIY projects posted?? Let us know, and if you attempted this project yourself let us know how easy it was! We’re rummaging our sock drawers as we speak!