By Julie Barroukh, JulieBFit.com /host of "Moms With Muscle" DVD's
Okay... so what does one usually do while doing cardio at the gym? If you're like me, you are into your own head with your iPod. However...the majority of people are either talking to a friend or watching TV.
This morning I decided to try and watch some news during my 6am cardio bout. IT WAS HORRIBLE. (and today was a relatively light news day, highlighted by a fireman giving mouth-to-mouth to a cat and a cheerleader getting pummeled by the entire football squad as they rushed the field). Normally we are overrun by horrible images in Iraq, or the fires in San Diego, or some other tragedy. It is enough to make you want to jump right off that bicycle, get back into bed and pull the covers over your head. So much for that morning energy boost!
I say, LET IT GO. Start getting your news online, forget the horrible, negative images that the media bombards us with everyday, and make positive associations for yourself with your cardio and time at the gym. I think this is critical. When I do my cardio, I basically get high off my music and let it take me to some places I've been...and some I'd like to go. Our minds are very powerful and we need to fully "open it up" and "turn it loose" during a good cardio session to really lift it to another level. Studies have shown that listening to music can make a workout up to 11% more effective, and I believe it.
Now, go home, download some of your favorite tunes...both new AND old (for all types of positive associations) and go have a kick ass cardio session. Be healthy and fit!
What's on Julie B's Playlist:
"Her Eyes" - Pat Monahan "How Far We've Come" - Matchbox Twenty "And We Danced" - The Hooters "Another Nail In MY Heart" - Squeeze "Let The River Run" - Carly Simon "Umbrella" - Rihanna "Where Is The Love" - Black Eyed Peas "Hollywood" - Collective Soul "Rockstar" - Nickelback "Don't Matter" - Akon "Heart of a Miracle" - The BoDeans
The Well Mom is pleased to announce that Julie B will be sharing her insights and fitness tips as a regular columnist. Learn more about her DVD series, "Moms With Muscle" at www.juliebfit.com