SUPER MOTIVATION BOOSTERS
- Move to improve your ‘tude. Sneak in a morning sweat session and you’ll experience the exercise high all day: Research from the University of Vermont in Burlington shows that doing just 20 minutes of moderate intensity exercise – brisk walking or easy paced cycling, for example – gives you a feel good mood recharge that lasts up to 12 hours.
- Turn your playlist into a pace maker, download the free beatscanner tool at bestworkoutmusic.com to have it pull the tunes from your playlists that match your temp, or try the sites Workout Music Studio to alter the beat of your faves to suit your pace.
- See green to enjoy your routine, a Swiss study of 319 city dwellers determined that they found outdoor workouts more restorative than indoor ones. Find a walking or jogging route on mapmyrun.com or a nearby bike trail at mapmyride.com.
- Chill out to firm up, tale a five at the water fountain to clear your head before you rep: less stressed exercisers who lifted weights increased their strength gains by up to 25% compared with tenser folks, according to a study at the University of Texas at Austin.
Fitness Magazine September 2011