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Using music and video to make high-intensity exercise more pleasant

Exercising to musicResearch in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology suggests that music-only and music-and-video stimuli lead to the highest enjoyment of exercise, regardless of intensity, among study participants.

The study examined various psychological measures of participants during and after stationary cycling at two intensities. Subjects were exposed to four conditions: music only, video only, music and video, and control.

These results could have salient implications for exercise professionals in improving attitudes of clients who are new or returning to fitness towards activities that they would otherwise avoid due to negative attitudes and feelings of fatigue.

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The psychology of exercise

Bringing together a group of experts in the field, Doing Exercise Psychology uses applied theories alongside authentic client interactions to address the challenging psychological components of physical activity.

The book helps students understand how to build connections with individual clients, strengthen the professional relationship through listening and understand clients’ needs.

Its text features diverse topics, bridging health psychology and exercise psychology to demonstrate the increasingly important role of physical activity in overall wellness and health.

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Preparing for a successful career as an exercise professional

To be considered an exercise professional anywhere in Europe, proper accreditation by EuropeActive is a necessary requirement.

This book is the official primer for those seeking that accreditation and the multitude of benefits it brings.

These include: Industry recognition, professional status, higher earning potential, increased employment opportunities across companies, institutions and even countries, legal protection, better client relationships and much more.

The practical benefit is that this core, foundational knowledge will continue to be of benefit long past initial qualification and conforms up to EQF levels three and four.

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Training plans for road runners

Renowned running authority, coach and best-selling author Pete Pfitzinger has teamed up with Philip Latter, senior writer for Running Times, to produce this essential training guide covering the most popular race distances, including the 5K, 10K and half marathon.

Faster Road Racing provides a series of easy-to-follow programmes aimed at giving runners ongoing improvements in their race performances.

It contains detailed plans for specific distances as well as expert advice on balancing training and recovery, cross-training, nutrition, tapering and training beyond the age 40.

For serious runners who compete in numerous races at different distances throughout the year, these training plans are invaluable.

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Exercise guidelines are unrealistic for many

Walk in the parkResearchers say current exercise guidelines are unrealistic for many and argue that doctors should sometimes advise small increases in activity instead.

They warn the 150-minute weekly target is beyond the reach of some individuals, particularly the elderly and striving to reach these goals could mean the benefits of lighter exercise are overlooked.

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