Senior Fitness: Bring the Music and Words You Love

By: Peter Woronoff

Although you may love to exercise and are typically cheerful and energetic most of the time, it still makes sense to bring an iPod.

You can listen to lectures, to audiobooks, or music. You can study, and you can be inspired by music. There is so much educational material, literature and music, you will never want for variety.

You could get a college education while exercising. Half an hour every day is the equivalent of a three hour class every week. There will be little reason why you cannot afford the time if you multi task. If you were in

a college program this is the perfect time to study. I am doing that myself with a course I am taking

You can google for literature, self help, music, college courses in mp3 format. That is the format that is perfect for an iPod.

Much of what is available is actually free. If you go to the website below, you can download a list of the best sites. How great to exercise and listen to whatever you wish. Modern day technology works for you.

There is no less choice when it comes to music. An iPod will hold a gig of music will entertain you through many, many, many fitness routines.

iTunes and an iPod make this so very convenient. And the quality of music is great.

It is easy to put music on an iPod. Makes sure it is an iPod shuffle. They are inexpensive (just recently reduced to under $50), really small and light, and have no moving parts to break, no matter how rough you are during exercise. The most recent design grips your clothing firmly. If you put it under your clothes, it will hardly be noticed.

If you have any question about how to use an iPod or iTunes, go to your closest Apple Store, where they will be happy to instruct you. I would make an appointment, but if it is at a Mall, you may not mind shopping while you wait your turn.

Research has shown that the music you listen to, creates energy that moves you. You can download a copy of an article from the New York Times about some of the latest studies at the website below. Numerous studies have shown that listening to music improves exercise results. It also makes the experience enjoyable. Music motivates you to exercise longer and more thoroughly. Music encourages you to give yourself more to the process.

The song's tempo is one of the most important elements. It should be somewhere between 120 and 140 beats-per-minute, or B.P.M. That pace falls within the range of most dance music, and many rock songs are close to that. It is also close to the average person's heart beat during an average workout of about 20 minutes.

Experiment to find what works best for you. There are no rules other than do what works for you. You will know by the results.

Music provides rhythm, it inspires, it occupies your mind, it gives positive messages, it encourages you, it helps you continue for a definite amount of time.

Bring music you love.

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