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Turn Up the Beat and Your Health with Heart Pumping Tunes

Regular exercise has many positive effects on your heart health and overall well-being. From reduced stress to improved cholesterol and fat levels, studies continue to show that a little physical activity can go a long way. And it doesn’t take much!

The American Heart Association recommends individuals aim for at least 30 minutes of moderately-intense exercise on most days of the week. Whether it’s pick- up basketball, training for a local 5K or riding your bike to work, we’re all about exercise being fun. One way to make your favorite heart-pumping activity a little more enjoyable is by turning up the beat. In fact, listening to music not only helps make exercise more fun, but it can also improve your workout. Here’s why:

Music Improves Your Mood 

We’ve all rolled out of bed or ended a long day at work and tried to talk ourselves out of going to the gym. Sometimes all we need is a little mood booster to get motivated. A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found music can improve your mood and outlook on life. So create a killer playlist, lace up your sneakers and push play before you’re even out the door.  It won’t take long before you’re enjoying a heart-healthy workout and a boost to your overall happiness.

Music Puts You in a Zone

From studying for a big exam to pushing out that last rep of squats, we all have go-to music for different situations. The right music can help you tune out distractions and get you in the right state of mind to push through your workout. Find songs that get you in your heart-pumping zone and let the music carry you away. Focus on the beat and you may run those three miles before even realizing you’re tired.

Increases Intensity

Studies show that runners and cyclists tend to step or pedal to the beat of music. Because of this, a good playlist with upbeat tunes can push you to work harder during your workout. “Music can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent,” says Costas Karageorghis, PH.D., from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education. Maximize your next workout with songs between 120 and 140 beats per minute (bpm).

Keep your Pace

Next time you go for a bike ride or run, leave your watch at home and let your playlist be your pacer. Use tools like jog.fm or RockMyRun to set your pace based on the song’s beats per a minute. Get lost in the beat, take in the scenery and let the music be your guide.

These are just a few of the many benefits you’ll find when you mix heart-healthy cardio with your favorite tunes. Ronny Turiaf shared his favorite cardio songs above and now we need your help. Comment below with your favorite gym songs so we can build a 30-minute playlist and get moving!

Ronny Unveils His First Empowerment Center

In a small celebration yesterday in South Los Angeles, Ronny Turiaf and select guests celebrated the unveiling of the first Empowerment Center of the Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation.    Ronny was joined by distinguished guests including Marquecce Harris-Dawson (President and CEO of Community Coalition), Lawrence Jackson, Nicole Jones (Chair, American Heart Association – Los Angeles Division), Sasha Vujacic, Rene Williams (Director of Global Marketing – Heartsine), Ryan Hollins, and Luke Walton

The unique center, located at the Community Coalition, aims to be a place where kids, teens and young adults can go to engage in positive activities, learn leadership skills, study, and learn about healthy living, nutrition and heart health.  The center will encourage kids and teens to interact with one another and create relationships that are free of racism and discrimination.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Unveil Empowerment Center

On Wednesday, June 25th, former Laker and current Minnesota Timberwolves, Ronny Turiaf, through his Heart to Heart Foundation, will unveil a local Empowerment Center at the Community Coalition Center in South Los Angeles.

 Ronny Turiaf through his Heart to Heart Foundation is committed to creating a platform for the success of others. He understands the value of being a professional athlete and responsibility that comes with it. As such, he is committed to not only giving back to the community but also creating a legacy that carries on and inspires others. He has made a commitment to create a number of Empowerment Centers and is excited to reveal the very first one in Los Angeles. There will be two more opened up this year.

The goal is to create a place where kids, teens and young adults can go to engage in positive activities, learn leadership skills, study, and learn about healthy living, nutrition and heart health. This center is a place where we are encouraging kids and teens to interact with one another and create relationships that are free of racism and discrimination. We are making an effort to educate and end the ignorance of racism.

The Ribbon Cutting & Program will begin at 11:00am at 8101 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90044. Emceed by VH1 Actress & Celebrity Host Jessica Kinni, there will be a number of guest speakers including a representative from the Community Coalition, the American Heart Association, & Ronny Turiaf. With students and teens in attendance, Ronny will speak about his journey as well as his faith in believing in your dreams. By pouring into our youth we are creating leaders of tomorrow.

Basketball without Borders

Ronny Turiaf traveled to Taipei this past week for Basketball without Borders – Asia. He was joined by Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers), John Salmons (Toronto Raptors), and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Bobcats). Eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming made a one-day appearance.

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OCEAN Style and Anthony Anderson Fashion Showcase

Ronny had a great time at last night’s OCEAN Style and Anthony Anderson Fashion Showcase hosted by James and Manuela Goren.

The elegant evening featured a delicious selection of Caribbean cuisine and cocktails.   All proceeds from the event went to benefit The American Friends of Jamaica.

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Turiaf Continues To Give Back

Wolves center Ronny Turiaf has worked toward brightening the days of Twin Cities’ kids since his first day with the organization—literally. His introductory press conference as held at the Ronald McDonald House near the University of Minnesota campus, and later that day he held a special film screening for the moving Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Helping young kids who are going through difficult medical conditions is near and dear to Turiaf. He’s been through it before. As a young athlete just drafted into the NBA out of Gonzaga, he underwent successful open heart surgery. As a result, he vowed to help others who are going through similar struggles—especially kids. That’s when he first introduced his own Heart 2 Heart Foundation.

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Ronny to Begin Internship with Olson Agency

Ronny is excited to begin an internship with Olson Engage, the PR, Social Media and Experiential Division at the Olson Agency.  The acclaimed agency has worked with clients such as MillerCoors, Kraft, PepsiCo, Wrigley and General Mills and has recently been named the 2014 Agency of the Year and the 2014 Creative Agency of the Year by PR Week and The Holmes report, respectively.   While attending an Olson Engage event — Dave Chappelle’s Pancakes for Charity, Ronny had a fortuitous conversation with some members of the Olson Engage team in which he expressed his passion for marketing.   He was soon offered an internship to work out of the agency’s Minneapolis offices.  Starting June 2, Ronny will focus on video production, the brainstorming process, PR writing, media event planning, paid media, and social media strategy.  He will work hands-on with Olson Engage clients, Discover Boating, Boston Scientific, and The Belize Tourism Board.  Follow Ronny’s journey on social media and here at ronnyturiaf.me  #RonnysBackpack.