It's not rocket science; music can help fuel your workouts. Research reveals that if you match the tempo of a song to your desired heart rate, or beats per minute bpm , the song will help you maintain or pick up the pace. It's no wonder many professional athletes listen to music before a big competition; it gets their minds focused and blood pumping. Not only does music amp up workouts, but it also helps distract the mind from long runs or hard efforts. Coaches, trainers, athletes and regular gym goers shared their favorite songs to help us compile the top
Top 50 Songs to Add to Your Workout Playlist | ACTIVE
Exercise is important for all kids, because it boosts their overall health and wards off excess weight. But it holds added benefit for teens: According to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics, it improves their attention, which can help them do better in school. The greatest payoff came from about an hour a day of moderate-to-vigorous activity, the study found. It seems that sustained exercise at a moderate level releases a specific protein that improves numerous brain functions. But overly vigorous activity could make teens too tired to focus on learning. With many schools cutting back on physical education time during the school day, encourage your teen to take up a sport or activity that calls for a daily conditioning session, ensuring that they'll be active not just on game days.