Fitness Powered By Music

How Music & Movement Can Make You Happier

How are you?
No, really, how are you?

How long has it been since you’ve stopped to really think about your health and happiness?

The past year and a half have brought increasing levels of stress, isolation, and depression to our world. In fact, according to Harvard Health Publishing, one in 10 adults in the United States struggles with depression. The statistics get even worse when looking at college students. According to the Mental Health Guide for Students, 80% of students report feeling stressed on a daily basis. 50% of students rated their mental health at below average or poor, and 44% of American college students report having symptoms of depression. As a result of that depression, some of those students contemplate suicide. According to this guide, suicide has become the third leading cause of death among college students. So, what can we do to combat these sobering statistics, and regain control of our happiness?

According to Dr. Michael Craig Miller, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, pills aren’t the only solution, and the antidote may be simpler than you think -- never underestimate the power of exercise.

“For some people it works as well as antidepressants,” he explains. “In people who are depressed, neuroscientists have noticed that the hippocampus in the brain – the region that helps regulate mood – is smaller. Exercise supports nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, improving nerve cell connections, which helps relieve depression.”

Doctors and psychologists alike agree that exercise has the ability to help those dealing with depression. In his column for Psychology Today, Gary Small, M.D. discusses the mental benefits to working out.

“Exercise not only increases blood flow to the brain, but it releases endorphins, the body's very own natural antidepressant,” he says. “It also releases other neurotransmitters, like serotonin, which lift mood.”

Working on your fitness can have a domino effect on the rest of your life too. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise can increase self-confidence, help you relax, and lower symptoms of mild depression and anxiety.

“Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety,” the Mayo Clinic has discovered.“ All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.”

That’s where TurboFit comes into play. As the founder and CEO of TurboFit, Turhan Douglas “Turbo” created the app with the mission to inspire, empower, and motivate people to be their best selves – both physically and mentally.

As a fitness professional, I am very familiar with the physical and mental benefits exercise provides. After learning about the benefits that music has on exercise performance, putting the two together makes for the most effective and fun experience, a one-two punch.

I really enjoy helping people set their own goals and achieve them. Watching them through their own process of transformation is so gratifying to me. The music element makes the fitness journey more enjoyable and less intimidating; training with enthusiasm.”

Feel the Beat

When fitness is combined with music, the result is even more powerful. Turns out, there’s actually science behind it. According to a 2020 study in the journal, Frontiers in Psychology, listening to music at a higher tempo can reduce the perceived effort involved in your exercise of choice, and even increase its benefits. The study also showed that music with a high tempo can be especially helpful during endurance exercises, such as walking or running.

Once Turhan discovered that movement and music community have the power to combat current critical health concerns, he assembled a team of best-in-class trainers, and combined them with new and emerging DJs and artists to inspire soundtracks to lift your mood even once your workout has ended.

“Music helps me to get in the zone. Whenever I don’t feel like working out and I know I need to, I play the Rocky theme song. Without fail, it always gets me excited and motivated to start pushing myself. As an athletic coach and a personal trainer, I have seen increased focus and output, as well as major mood lifting with the addition of music to a workout.”

With TurboFit, users have control over when and where they choose to workout, too, which has become increasingly important recently with gym closures and mask restrictions. Plus, the app provides a sense of community for those working or learning from home, too.

“TurboFit brings popular studio style fitness classes to your living room. Our trainers are motivating and provide the guidance you need. We have something for everyone and all levels; short 10-15 minute workouts or 30-40 minute workouts.  Classes include high intensity interval training, body sculpt, boxing, pilates, cycle, dance and much more. We want to help you find what you love.”

Break the Cycle

According to Dr. Miller, depression can be a hard cycle to break, often manifesting by causing disturbed sleep, reduced energy, appetite changes, body aches, and increased pain perception, all of which can result in less motivation to exercise. So, how can you break the cycle?

“Start with five minutes a day of walking or any activity you enjoy,” he says. “Soon, five minutes of activity will become 10, and 10 will become 15.

After a few weeks, you should be on your way to feeling better and alleviating depression symptoms. But, it’s important to think of this as a lifetime journey, not just a one-time fix.

“Pick something you can sustain over time, “Dr. Miller recommends. “The key is to make it something you like and something that you’ll want to keep doing.”

It’s All About You

The beauty of a TurboFit workout is that it’s all about you. Not only can you select the type of workout you’re craving, but you can also find a length that works for you, too.

“By starting a new fitness routine with TurboFit, you are joining others in the same boat as you. Whether it’s to lose weight, get stronger, be more active, stay healthy, or get motivation. For whatever the reason, we are just happy that you’re here for it, and want to help you find what you love, at any level, at any place in your journey. You are not alone and we applaud your every effort with the many obstacles and speed bumps life throws at us.”

So, what are you waiting for? Finish this year stronger, more confident, and more relaxed than ever before. Find the jams that make you run faster, pedal harder, and push yourself farther than ever before. The right combination of music, movement, and community can transform your workout from moving at a snail's pace to an endorphin-releasing experience you’ll want to duplicate daily. 

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of music and inspiration for your next workout, check out TurboFit, the brand-new app featuring pulse-pumping tracks, best-in-class trainers, and workouts made to motivate – all streaming in one spot.

*The information shared in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.