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Science Reveals The Best Music We Should Listen To At Different Time Of A Day

Science Reveals The Best Music We Should Listen To At Different Time Of A Day

Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”  Whether you are pained by life because you have to get up in the morning or work an extra 15 minutes at the gym, music can certainly take the pain of any task away.

In fact, science reveals that music, if specific music is listened to at certain times of the day, it can have an impact on a person’s psychological response to the life. Whether the task you are completing stems from being angry, sad or sluggish, music can alter that state of existence.

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It can cause the brain to focus or defocus, improve cognitive thinking, build confidence, influence action and more. Music is a powerful force that can be an ally any time, day or night…or to fit any mood.

Mornings

If you want to feel confident and on top of the world in the morning, music with heavy bass sounds are best. Whether your choice is hip hop or heavy metal, or a variation thereof, music is known to alter your mood any time of the day, with these genres of music will take you a long way. It is even said to change the way your thought processes works.

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Music can create so much confidence, scientists discovered, that it can prompt a person to take action before others who have not listened to music will.[1]For example, if you lined up a group of people who have not listened to music and ask them to volunteer to hike a mountain trail, you may get a few responses. But, if two members of the group have listened to heavy bass music, research reveals those same two people will immediately volunteer.

Noon – Do you eat lunch at noon or workout?  Music has something for you too.

At meal time, put on some jazz music. Scientists have discovered that jazz music makes any meal taste fantastic.

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Play Time/Exercise – when it is time to pump it up, put on some upbeat, charged music to keep the blood flowing. It is sure to help you complete your workout while keeping your mood elevated for the inevitable pain that could follow.

Driving home from work?  It is best to keep the pumped up music for when you are not behind the wheel. Upbeat music is known to make drivers hit the gas pedal harder than normal.

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Try some music less charged to soften and lift you mood and, maybe, promote you to sing.

Sleepy Time – if orchestras lull you to sleep when you are awake, imagine what they can do when it is time for sleep. Researchers suggest classical music allows people to travel through all the stages of REM and awaken refreshed and recharged for the next day’s adventures.

After a Bad Day

If you feel sad or melancholy after a bad day, music can help you feel the emotion, hear the emotion, embrace the emotion and work through the emotion. That is what scientists say listening to sad music can help us do when we feel down in the dumps. Of course, we are not talking about major depressive disorder, but if an event switched you into a sad space, try playing some sad music in your sacred space. In time, you can work through the difficulties of the matter and move on.

There are many benefits to listening to music. Plus, music has the power to recall memories, change the way we think and influence the way we behave. So intentionally choose your style of music carefully and wisely. It could mean the difference between a successful day and/or a painful existence.

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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