How Music Can Lead to a Better Workout

If you’re searching for that extra kick-in-the-seat to get through your treadmill session, try music. Not just any music though: Listening to faster-tempo tunes between 170 and 190 beats per minute (bpm) was found to have the greatest effect on getting people’s heart rate up while lowering their perceived effort, according to a recent study by Andrea De Giorgio, associate professor in physiological psychology at eCampus University in Italy.

During the experiment, people worked out in silence or with slow, medium, or fast-paced music. Overall, the faster the beat, the easier the workout felt, which is key since research shows that the limiting factor in people’s workouts is usually mental, not physical. “Rhythmic patterns of music facilitate the execution of movement, creating a feedback loop,” says De Giorgio. “In the context of exercise, certain music can be strategically chosen in order to induce physio-psychological responses that lead to better

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Building the baby-safe world | Health Beat

Car seats should go in the rear seats whenever possible. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

With sweater weather upon us, fall activities are getting into full swing.

That means plenty of fun activities with school, sports and outdoors. It’s a perfect time to keep safety top of mind while out and about with family.

When it involves small children—babies especially—there’s plenty to scrutinize when it comes to safety.

Here’s a look at some critical areas.

Car seats

Michigan law requires your baby to be in a car seat. The Child Passenger Safety Law says that children younger than age 4 should ride in a car seat in the rear seat—if the vehicle has a rear seat. If all available rear seats are occupied by children under 4, then a child under 4 may ride in a car seat in the front seat.

A child in a rear-facing car seat may only

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