And we could all use a little change

“Somebody once asked could I spare some change for gas I need to get myself away from this place. I said yep, what a concept, I could use a little fuel myself and we could all use a little chaaaaange.”

It turns out Smashmouth was right: the years start coming and they don’t stop coming, so we become fed up will all the rules and “hit the ground running”. Our brains become intelligent with knowledge from our learning experiences, but just because we have all this information doesn’t make us head smart or happy.

Thursday Thoughts

Many things don’t make sense in life, but I can agree with this 90s band from California, that what really doesn’t make sense is to not to live for fun. One thing that I can certainly say makes sense, is that we should be living our lives having fun.

“So much to do so much to see so what’s wrong with taking the back streets. You’ll never know if you don’t go, you’ll never shine if you don’t glow” So how do you glow? Embrace the changes that are bound to pop up in your life.

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Yesterday my roommate and I were playing “Would you rather?” and one of the most interesting discussions came from the question: “Would you rather be able to pause your life or rewind your life?” We ended up making the rules for each decision very detailed, but ultimately we all chose to be able to pause life. If humans had the capability of rewinding life and changing our decisions we wouldn’t ever truly live life freely. And as a Sagittarius I am all about my free-eee-eeedom! Love it 🙂

Whether you’ve got to speak in front of a large group of people for the first time, or you’re moving to a new area, or you are in the beginning or end of a relationship, or you’re missing someone you cared about, the ability to ride the wave of change

Change is hard. Sometimes it’s really, really fucking hard. But then we learn, and we move on. Instead of resisting the changes that come your way because you are scared of their possibilities, embrace the opportunity to create new relationships, new experiences, and be able to find happiness in a variety of situations.

I haven’t had to make a lot of extremely tough and life-changing decisions throughout my life, but my changes have always made me a better, more adaptable person. I am more versatile in my ability to communicate and relate to other people, and with this versatility comes peace.

To be able to be balanced and grounded through change helps to keep your energy balanced, which is excellent for your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

Change of scenery?
I am SUPER STOKED for the changes I’m about to make in my life. I have spent most of my life playing soccer, enjoying the people around me, and dedicating myself to getting a system education. And all of this has gone down the beautiful, monotonous Midwest. For the first time in my life, I am looking forward to not spending my summer in my hometown.

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I have always lived in the same town, with the exception of spending my last 4 academic semesters in middle-of-nowhere Iowa. Even so, since a child I have been intrigued by the idea of travel. I LOVE the airport. Picking people up from the airport, dropping people off at the airport, running through the airport to make my own connection flight- I love it all. The atmosphere is full of EXCITEMENT and CHANGE even if only temporary. One day in the next couple of years I am going to get on a plane with a friend and we are going to go CHANGE ourselves by changing the way we look at the world.

As an individual who embraces the chance to change my opinions based on something new I’ve learned, my heart beats stronger when I think about the opportunities I am going to have to learn about the way people throughout the world work.

Why do we fear change? I think a lot of the fear of change comes from our brains expectation for things to stay the same. Actually, Roger S. Gil, a relationship and family expert, explains how when our expectations from previously learned information fails what we believe, stress levels rise:

Both nature and nurture will influence how we form our core beliefs about how the world works and our roles in our respective worlds. When we experience the world or ourselves in a certain way for an extended period of time, we develop core beliefs that make up our paradigm for how life is supposed to be. The experiences we have as children tend to be the most long-lasting and influential because they represent prototypical experiences that future experiences will be compared to and will likely play a key role in the development of our worldview/paradigm for life. Since our brains are still developing, childhood experiences have a greater chance of influencing how future neural connections will develop. Whether good or bad, children tend to adjust better to change since they don’t have as much “legacy material” to overcome when encountering change (i.e. their worldviews/life paradigms are still developing). As we age and our brains become less plastic, we encounter more difficulties processing changes because our paradigms are more ingrained.

Change is going to happen, we’re going to have to deal with it. Instead of fearing the inevitable change and stress it brings, we should be aware of the changes that are happening in our lives and adapt our mentality and physicality to the changes in the best manner that we can. Being aware and accepting of the changes will reduce the stress they bring along with them.

Also, we could all make some FORWARD MOVING changes in our lives, so let’s start today! I vow to change my location 😀 What can you vow to change in your own life? EMBRACE THE CHANGE

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Peace and happy change 🙂

 

Music: One Good Thing

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” Bob Marley – Trenchtown Rock

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I had finally talked myself into un-gluing my eyes from Breaking Bad, changing into my workout clothes and heading into the snow toward the gym, but once I was finally situated on the treadmill I realized that one vital piece of my workout wasn’t quite right: my headphones were broken! How was I ever going to run on that boring old treadmill without my meticulously-planned playlist pumping through the speakers? (Let me be honest in saying that it didn’t last very long.)

We’ve all figured out by now that living healthfully and well includes getting regular exercise. It’s convenient that cardio, strength training and CrossFit have become cultural norms, because their cool-factors sometimes influence participation. That’s excellent, because getting there is sometimes the hardest step.

So, you’re packing your gym bag– what do you need? A water bottle, a change of clothes and some headphones. As fitness programs become increasingly popular, the music industry is thriving in the gym too. Research is proving that music makes a healthier mind and body, including more focused and energized workouts.

Did you know music is linked to improved mental and physical performance?

This Washington Post article describes the significance of exercising with music, specifically in terms of beats per minute or BPM. The tempo of the music is said to cause a change in the tempo of the exercise.

Whether it’s keeping a running pace or finishing the last reps of a weight-lifting routine, listening to music helps to synchronize your mind and your body to the rhythm of the music.

Carl Foster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse, describes the important process as a metronome. He acknowledges that keeping the beat dates as far back as to the Roman rowers keeping pace of their rows by a drumbeat.

I have played competitive soccer for something like 18 years and I really enjoy staying active by running. Running is enjoyable for me but I’m not the best at it. Each year during pre-season my coach gives us a fitness test which includes running 2 miles at a specific pace. I train all summer and I never feel prepared for the test unless I put a specific 2-mile song on repeat. I have found that if my foot hits the ground in cadence with the tempo of the music, I can complete the run in just the right amount of time. (Shout-out to Chris Brown’s Look At Me Now for helping finish my 2-mile in less than 14 minutes)

Proof that it works? Maybe not scientifically, but I’m not a bad primary source.

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Music doesn’t just help keep a tempo, however, it’s also good for the mind. This slideshow from the Huffington Post describes 11 health benefits of music. Some of the items on the list include music’s ability to:

– Reduce stress and anxiety

– Boost heart health

– Help memory

– Protect your ears’ sound-processing abilities

– Soothe pain

– Improve stroke recovery

It’s important to keep in mind that all music isn’t suitable music for every occasion. Certain music may cause distraction or raise stress levels depending on its context.

Here is a link to another article that does a good job breaking down the different benefits and effects of listening to music – Health benefits of music

Why was I so bummed about one silly workout session without music? Because it helps fuel my energy, and your energy too. Music has been scientifically linked to increased physical performance and energy. The synchronization of mind and body make for a positive meditative experience. Instead of being distracted by details, music helps to create a focus during workouts.