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Run, run, run!

The singer Rob Thomas has this effect on me that every time I hear the song “How Far We’ve Come” or “This is How the Heart Breaks” I feel the need to start to running. It doesn’t matter if I’m at the gym working out or sitting at my desk working I get the same feeling.   

You see I’m not a runner and both of those songs just make my brain to send the message “run” to my legs and that I do. The beat of both songs is accelerated and for some reason, even though I get tired during the songs I just can’t stop running until the music is over.   

I guess the article I read about the beat of the music and the effects on the body is true. In the January/February 2010 edition of Women’s Health Magazine, I found a little column that stated that the music with a rapid or loud beat send a signal of distress  to the brain releasing adrenaline, resulting in more energy.   

The same principle applies for when you need to calm down. Playing relaxing music will do the trick or even to calm the kids. I remember a friend of mine she always played a specific song to calm her baby. If by any chance she forgot to put the song in repeat oh wow, the baby will get up and cry non-stop until the song was playing again.   

Knowing this, I loaded my iPod with songs to get me excited and to calm me down. Here is a list of some of the artists you could find in my mp3 player:   

  • Rob Thomas
  • Maroon 5
  • Rihanna
  • Ricky Martin
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Wisin y Yandel
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Kate Perry
  • Lady Gaga
  • Chris Daughtry
  • ABBA
  • Among other
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Alarm

"Please get up"

Going to the gym in the afternoon is becoming very difficult. There is always something to do; dinner with my friends, happy hour here, happy hour there, long hours at work, no desire, and the list goes on and on. 

Having identifying this, I decided to go to the gym in the morning, 5:00 AM to be exact. Yes it has to be that early because I start to work at 9:00 AM and I like to eat breakfast before work. The situation is that every day at exactly 5:00 AM in the morning the alarm goes off and I turn it off, roll to the other side and keeps sleeping. 

Every night before I go to bed I say to myself “tomorrow I’ll wake up early” and nothing. I’ve tried putting the alarm out of my reach. I’ve tried letting everything ready the night before. I’ve tried once the alarm goes off I’ll get up and go to the bathroom to get ready, but somehow I go back straight to bed. 

I remember that I used to get up early to be at work at 6:00 AM, but now I just can’t get up. One thing is for sure, I’ll keep trying until I get it. Because I do want to go to the gym in the morning and start my day with energy. 

If any of you have the antidote for this please share it!

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