Some rules for your workouts

Gym talk

Entering the gym doesn’t mean you leave behind your etiquettes. Being a bully at gym is not cool and not keeping your workout tools in place is definitely a big no. Here’s a list of gym manners that you must follow:

*  Clean up your toys: If you take a group class, put your gear back where it came from – mats, dumbbells, balls, bands. Don’t wait for someone else to do it.

*  Don’t be a gym bully: It’s not cool to stand uncomfortably close to someone if they are using your favourite machine or occupying your favourite spot in a room. The gym or fitness studio is supposed make everyone feel better about themselves, not just you.

*  Prevent wardrobe malfunctions: Get some proper attire. Jeans or flip flops are a big no. Women, who dare to wear something short in a gym, should check themselves from behind first to make sure things are staying put especially if they are going to jump or run. 

To go further with your workout, music can be a great helper. Experts suggest that it can be a tremendous supplement to exercise and can yield better results. Top athletes use music to enhance their performance and researchers are now studying this phenomenon to understand how to harness its power.

Sports psychologist from Brunel University in London, suggests some tips on how to maximise the beneficial effects of music in your workout. To get the best result in gym, the music should possess a pleasing melody and harmony, which improves your mood, typically is a major key. Music that promotes inspiring imagery or has strong personal associations can also be highly effective. 

Different music works for particular types of exercise. Here is the list: 

*  Weight lifting: Music that is fast, rhythmic, percussive or bass-driven is particularly good for psyching yourself up before a highly strenuous activity like lifting heavy weights.

* Sprinting: You need faster music for when you are training at a high intensity.

* Jogging, rowing, cycling: A playlist should ideally contour your expected heart rate during such workout. 

If you are synchronising your movements with the music, the beats per minute need to match your intended movement rate, so it’s important to determine what this is likely to be and to select music accordingly.

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