Health on the Hill: Comfort Music …

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By Bryan and Brandy Asch
REPS Training Centers

We all have something that just makes us feel like getting up and moving. Maybe it’s that song that came on the radio that just made our bodies giddy inside. Yes, I said giddy.

I have always enjoyed listening to various types of music, especially when I was doing something physical. I experienced my teenage youth in the early ’80s. Now, the ’80s didn’t have the best music but not the worst either. As a matter of fact, I find myself going back to the music of my youth not so much because it’s great music per se, but more for the feelings of nostalgia it induces. Actually, my wife and I have come to call it “my comfort music.”

I am often asked how I stay consistently motivated to do physical activity on a daily basis. The answer always changes because my motivations for doing so also fluctuate. However, for me personally, music usually plays a big role.

When I’m doing something requiring more cardiovascular conditioning, I prefer a fast beat with fewer lyrics. When I’m weight- and strength-training I prefer a beat I can keep a steady pace with and lyrics that create a positive influence.

For the extremists who enjoy heavy-hitting lyrics and tempos, my only word of caution is the effect they have on our overall perceived attitude during and often well after the time spent working out. In laymen’s terms, if the music makes you feel like banging your head against the wall for the fun of it, then your perceived attitude is most likely making those around you want to do the same.

As I watched a gym member do their best Eddie Murphy “Roxanne” impression from the movie “Another 48 Hours,” I let a quick chuckle escape. The patron was so immersed in their routine and music they completely lost sight of where they were. And when a song came on they really enjoyed, well the words just started slipping out louder and louder until all in the facility could hear them. Some may have found it annoying or bothersome but I thought it was a fantastic, mesmerised state of enjoying the moment.

Please don’t misunderstand what I am attempting to communicate. I don’t condone loud, off-key singing at the top of your lungs while working out in a public facility. I mean we really don’t want to annoy the guy with the neon-string tank top who feels the absolute need to scream at the 100-pound dumbbells while throwing them to the ground with disgust just narrowly missing his safely covered flip-flopped foot. (My apologies for the rant.)

All joking aside, music is a great way of motivating during all phases of your exercise program. Before your workout to help you get you there, during to push you through, and cooling down with something slower-paced to bring your heart rate down gently.

So plug in some headphones and find the beat that moves you.  And if you catch yourself singing along from time to time, it’s OK. Just remember you’re not in your shower so if we can hear you, at least make it entertaining for the rest of us just in case we forgot our headphones again.

Reps thoughts: We allow confrontation to escalate because we all have a tendency to be thinking about what we want to say as opposed to listening to what the other party is saying. If we can allow a moment of pause between stimulus and response we create an atmosphere of understanding, logic and reason. These key ingredients give birth to clever resourceful solutions benefitting all.

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