Free Music for Your Device – Don’t Use Streaming Cloud Music

Let’s face it music plays an enormous part of our lives. Studies have proven time and time again that music and mood and running are inherently linked. That’s just one of the many reasons most of us love to run to the beat of the  music. These same studies prove that the music we listen to engages a wide range of neurobiological systems that affect our psychology, which in turn impacts on our emotional wellbeing, motivation and more.  Studies have also explored how a repetitive beat, such as that in a musical rhythm, synchronizes brain waves in ways that may be …

Which One is Best? A Smartphone App? An Activity Tracker? A Heart Rate Monitor?

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The answer to this question – Which One is Best? – is that it depends. Smartphone with UpBeat Workouts makes the feeling of discomfort less and the time to fatigue longer – you simply can go further with synched matched music as you move. Heart rate monitors measure and monitor the quality of your activity. Activity trackers measure and monitor the quantity of your activity. The two are quite different. Heart rate monitors are measuring the load or the stress on your body. Activity trackers are when stripped to their basic, an electronic step counter pedometer. Both are most useful …

Use UpBeat for Your HIIT Runs

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High-intensity interval training (HIIT) was just crowned the top fitness trend for 2014. This is the first time that HIIT took the number one spot according to the American College of Sports Medicine survey. Also called burst training, the activity involves short period of high heart rate intensity, as high as 85-95% effort, followed by short periods of rest and recovery. Most running workouts are less than 30 minutes in elapsed time for the stress:recovery circuits. There are different formats for HIIT runs and you might know it by the term Tabata after the Japanese professor who did the initial …

The Power of Camaraderie – Your iPod Touch or iPhone

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We do better when we do activities together. If you are tired of starting and then quitting a workout program? Ready for a change? There are a lot of different ways to make running or walking a daily habit but I recommend one of the best camaraderie especially with your iPhone app UpBeat. That is because we do better whether it is our nutritional regimen or weight loss when we do it with other people or with the camaraderie of a responsive tool. People need connection with other people, with other things. And, working out is easier when connected to …

Your Music is What’s Important …That’s What the UpBeat iPhone App Does

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Ever tried to run to the radio or to someone else’s playlist? Usually it’s annoying and out of synch so you punch the fast forward button to relieve the discomfort. When your stride rate and the beat of the music don’t synch, you don’t perform as well. That’s because what is really important to enjoy your workout is for the music to match your tastes and your tempo. These two key factors – music preference and stride-matched music – are key to achieving that glorious experience of near effortless running. The exercise scientist experts concur. A recent NPR interview with …

Who Controls Your Cadence – You or the Laws of Nature?

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The natural law of the conservation of energy suggests that humans naturally choose to be intentionally lazy – to use as little energy as possible during most movement. This leads to each of us following our natural cadence – the strides per minute that our body chooses to be efficient, to conserve energy. Exercise scientists have been measuring cadence for decades hoping to optimize performance and yet they struggle with overcoming the law – the law of the conservation of energy. Recent research suggests that tools like cadence-matched music on your iPhone coupled with conscious effort such as “coached workouts” …

Is Running Fast Hard on Your Heart Health?

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The popular press weighed in this week on the timely controversy about the cardio-health benefits of exercise – think running. Does exercise provide cardio-protection or as the new provocative research reports(1) suggest that in some 10% of the participant exercise increases the risk factors of heart health more than it helps to reduce them. I asked three different authorities and runners to weigh in to answer the question “Is running fast hard on your heart health?” Their responses below come from three different perspective – the scientist, the medical doctor, and the veteran ultramarathoner. (1) From medical doc and ultra-marathon …