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His Owner Wasn’t Getting A Good Workout, So This Pup Decided To Change That — LOL

They say you should always exercise with a buddy, however I’m not sure the rules apply to our furry friends.

Trying to show off for the camera, this athletic dog owner begins a set of push-ups, completing just nine before his doggy best friend decides he wants in on the action. Completely unprovoked, this exercise fanatic pup hops onto his owner’s shoulders to add a bit more weight to each completed push-up.

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That’s definitely not helping, bud.

So much for getting a good workout in before dinner.

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These Products Might Not Get You In Shape, But They Will Get You Some Strange Looks.

Want to lose weight? Badly enough to spend your hard-earned money on these ridiculous products? Apparently, some of us do.

Getting in shape isn’t easy, so I can’t say that I blame them for exploring their options, but why go down these bizarre paths? While I’m sure some of these products do work, albeit in an unorthodox manner, it seems like the most exercise you get from most of them is when you return them to the store.

Check them out!

1.) iGallop – Strengthen your core muscles while riding this horse-less horse. Yeehaw!

2.) Walkstation – Perfect for those who don’t feel enough like they’re going nowhere with their career.

3.) WiFi Body Scale – This device automatically tweets your daily weigh-ins, so don’t even think about unfollowing your diet.

4.) The Slimming and Toning System – Vacuum cellulite away! Or at least try to with this sucky product.

5.) Mandometer – This product lets you know if you’re eating too fast… so don’t swallow your food whole.

6.) Taizo the Robot – Because personal trainers who don’t understand human emotion are too hard to come by.

7.) Gamercize – Participants must keep moving or else the game they’re playing will shut off. I hope there’s a pause button.

8.) Hawaii Chair – Try this at work and hula your job away.

9.) The Dumbbell Phone – Sure your weight might go down, but you know that phone bill is going to go up.

10.) The ABhancer – Yeah, man, you GET those indentations!

11.) Talking Hand Exerciser – If this thing says anything other than “I don’t respect you,” it’s a liar.

12.) Sit Fit Exercise Device – The only thing this exercises is your coworkers’ patience.

13.) The Europlate Vibraslim – You’ll probably burn some calories trying to figure out what this does.

14.) The Rock and Go Exerciser – For those about to rock, we shake our heads at you.

15.) The Peddler – Biking without any of the fun.

16.) The Gazelle Freestyle – Ponytail not included.

17.) The Neckline Slimmer – I don’t know if it will make your neckline any slimmer, but it will certainly thin out that wallet.

18.) The Bounce Back Chair – I’m for any exercise that involves sitting, even if it doesn’t work.

19.) The Shakeweight – I know you want to get jacked, but maybe tone it down a bit.

20.) The Free Flexor – Gross. Get a workout room, you two!

21.) Treadmill Bike – I’m all for getting rid of a bike’s pedals, but bring back the pegs!

22.) 2-Step Under-Desk Dancercise for Feet – Silently shuffle those pounds away.

23.) The Slendertone Bottom Toner – Call me when it’s The Slendertone Bottom Embiggener.

24.) Toning Shoes – Just because Kim Kardashian does something doesn’t mean you should.

25.) The Face Trainer – The only way to make that mug of yours unbreakable.

(via Distractify, Huffington Post)

If you’re going to spend money on this crud, you might as well just get a gym membership or pay people to tell you how great you look. Getting results is never easy, so if it sounds too good to be true? It probably is.

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How To Create The Perfect Workout Playlist (According To Science)

Harder, better, faster, stronger.

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If you’ve ever struggled through a silent workout because you left your headphones at home or felt a surge of energy when your favorite song comes on, you know that, when it comes to exercise, music matters.

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Research has shown that listening to music while you work out can elevate mood and make exercise seem easier. One study even suggested that it may help moderate exercisers work harder.

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The effects are so pronounced that when Dr. Costas Karageorghis, a leading expert on the psychology of exercise music, reviewed the research in 2012, he wrote that music could be thought of as “a type of legal performance-enhancing drug.”

Building a scientifically sound workout playlist, however, requires more than just setting your iPod to shuffle and pressing play.

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Here’s how to do it in just three easy steps:

1. Decide if you want to move in time with the music.

There is some disagreement about the benefits of using music synchronously during exercise — some studies say it improves efficiency, others say it makes no difference. Either way, there are plenty of people who like to move with their music. It’s particularly useful when you’re doing cardio (running, elliptical, cycling, etc.).

If you’re a runner who’d like to try synchronous running, start by determining your stride rate. That sounds complicated but all you need to do is count your steps for a minute while running at a comfortable pace. If you want to be fancy, do it several times and average the results. Once you’ve found your stride rate, you need to find music with a comparable number of beats per minute (BPM). For example, if you take 150 steps per minute, you’ll want to listen to music with approximately 150 BPM.

Don’t know the BPM of your favorite tunes? There are plenty of sites that can help! You can look up the BPM of almost any song using SongBPM.com or, if you’d prefer to search by speed instead of song, Jog.fm has a large database of popular songs organized by BPM. The app RockMyRun is another great resource.

If this sounds like a lot of work — don’t worry. You’ll still get a boost even if you don’t sync your movements to the music.

2. Opt for tunes with a strong, energizing rhythm, uplifting melodies, and inspirational lyrics.

There’s a reason fitness playlists are light on the Elliott Smith — you’re more likely to push yourself if the music you’re listening to is upbeat and energetic. Shocking, I know. While what qualifies as “upbeat and energetic” varies from person to person, the criteria for a scientifically sound workout jam do not. According to a 2011 study, here’s what you should listen for when assembling your playlist:

A strong, energizing rhythm: In order for a song to be properly motivating, it needs to be “up-tempo (> 120 bpm) and possess prominent percussive and rhythmical features.” If you are not using music synchronously, opt for music with a BPM between 120 and 145. Faster tempos do not appear to improve performance or motivation. If you can match rhythm of a song to the approximate movement patterns of your exercise, that also helps.

Mood-boosting melody and lyrics: Making you feel good about yourself is one of the ways music is most helpful during a workout, which is why you should choose tunes that promote “motivational imagery and self-talk.” While there hasn’t been a lot of research into the role lyrics play in inspiring exercisers, researchers believe songs that feature “affirmations of exercise or inspirational references drawn from popular culture” are particularly effective. Think “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift or “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.

3. Structure your playlists like your workout.

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You don’t start your workout at a sprint, so don’t start your playlists that way. According to a 2011 study, “music tempo should be selected with the expected exercise intensity in mind, and be sequenced to contour in accordance with changes in heart rate.” Gradually increasing the BPM as your heart rate increases will help you stay motivated, even if you’re not using music synchronously.

Additionally, research suggests you should pay attention to how your mix works as a whole. If you’re going to spend a half an hour on the treadmill, “consider the congruence of musical pieces that appear in close proximity ” and aim for cohesion. Abrupt changes in style or speed should be saved for transitions between exercises.

Finally, a quick word about safety.

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Don’t let listening to music distract you too much. Stay in tune with your body and environment. If your fitness playlist is going prevent you from hearing people or cars, turn it off. Surviving your workout is priority number one.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kelleydunlap/how-to-create-a-workout-playlist-according-to-science