WHY MUSIC BOOSTS YOUR WORKOUT

Ok, so we shouldn’t *NEED* music to workout…right?

Well, I must say that I don’t know what I’d do without my iPod!!

Have you ever planned an amazing workout; created an amazing playlist; start your warmup, and BAMMM – sound dies out! You look down at your iPod as if maybe you bumped into it- or something- but, alas the battery’s dead. Fortunately it doesn’t happen often, and you still get your workout in – but was it as enjoyable?

WHAT DOES SCIENCE SAY?


There’s actually some scientific benefits of listening to music while you workout…

I. Although performance may or may not be enhanced by the addition of music to the workbout, subjects regularly report that they felt their performance was better with the music accompaniment.

II. Music may evoke pleasant associations, while masking unpleasant stimuli.

III. It may also serve as a distraction to some internal feelings, possibly associated with discomfort.

IV. There are 4 factors that contribute to a song’s motivational qualities: rhythm response, musicality, cultural impact and association.

V. Syncing beats per minute with an exercise pace increases your efficiency.

* References here,  here, and here.

WHAT DO YOU SAY?


Do you listen to music while you workout?

Is it an absolute must-have during exercise?

Does is push you?

Is it all in the mind? If so, what wrong with that?

WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TOO?


I love listening to DJ mixes during my workouts. What type of music are they spinning?…

For me, it’s usually Hip-Hop, or Dance/House! Tiesto, Oakenfold, Foozbol, Sir Charles, Calderone, Clue.

For heavy lifting session, I like heavier music: Drowning Pool, Poppa Roach, Korn, Disturbed, Pantera.

I’d love to hear (punny :-P) about what DJ’s and genres you jam out to while you’re working out.

ROCK ON MY FRIENDS!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and as always…

Be Well,

Maximillian Barry

Where Nutrition & Fitness Becomes a Lifestyle

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF GRASS-FED BEEF

GRASS-FED BEEF IS DELICIOUS & NUTRITIOUS

Many of my clients ask me what I eat. My food choices may sound boring to you, but I *LOVE* to eat, as ell as what I eat!!

When you start with the highest quality ingredients, preparing them simply – and with respect -you will bring out their true flavor.

SO, WHAT DO I EAT???

I generally eat 1 main meal per day, which consists of:

Organic & pastured meat and/or chicken,

Plus unlimited amounts of green vegetables.

The rest of the day, I consume:

Coconut Oil/Products, Fish Oil, Unsweetened Chocolate, Nuts, Herbs & Spices,

and NU-FiT Protein Powder (coming soon).

WHAT??? Just 1 meal per day…”I thought I was SUPPOSED to eat 3-7 small meals throughout the day!!”

This myth has finally been debunked: NYTimes Article

Some days, I don’t consume anything during the day. It’s a practice known as Intermittent Fasting, or IF (Great IF info here).

WHERE’S THE BEEF

So many of my friends & family have given up red meat for ions.  I actually don’t blame them…

Conventionally raised meat is absolutely unfit for us, and our environment!

This beautiful scene above is what we’d like to see cows being raised, honored, and respected.

However, the picture below depicts the conventional life of cattle today:

Organic Grass-fed Beef is a completely different beast!

Not yet convinced…here’s a great article by Time Magazine that’s chock-full of juicy info:

How Cows (Grass-Fed Only) Could Save the Planet

And a killer follow-up article by Dr. Mercola:

The Ominous Beef Cover Up: The Hidden Truth Behind The Meat On Your Plate

WHAT NOW

Get to know your local farmer. Local foods an money circulate 9 times (avg.) before leaving the community!

“But, isn’t grass-fed beef expensive?”

Currently, it costs around twice as much as conventional beef, but you may consume half the amount, while gaining health and reducing your carbon footprint!!

If it doesn’t say “Organic” & “Grass-fed” – go with the lamb, lol!

Also, look for “Grass Finished” beef.

It’s not local, but lately I’ve been getting a great deal at Costco here in Danbury, CT:

$12.99 for 3 pounds = $4.33/lb:


Great on the grill, or roasted in the oven!

I’d love to know if you’ll support the grass-fed movement.

If you already do, how do you prepare it? Favorite cuts?

Be Well,

Maximillian Barry

Where Nutrition & Fitness Becomes a Lifestyle