Everyone has music that they absolutely love listening to. Whether it’s keeping up to date with the latest chart toppers or listening to some classics from way back when, there’s no denying that music can move you emotionally. This can then translate into your workouts and help push yourself further! Here’s 6 reasons to listen to music when you workout!
It can up your effort
Recent studies have found that athletes worked harder when listening to faster tempo music, compared to slower tempo. It has been found that songs between 120 and 140 beats per minute (bpm) have the optimum effect on the outcome of workout intensity.
Music can get you in ‘the zone’
Ever had someone tell you they’re getting in ‘the zone’ before a workout or a set by listening to a song. Everyone has that go-to song that gets them in ‘the zone’. We associate certain songs with memories, we then relate these songs to the context we originally heard them. This has scientifically been shown to improve physical performance.
Music Makes Exercising More Fun
Another great reason to listen to music while exercising is that it can make working out a lot more enjoyable. Exercising is not always fun, especially cardio. Some people see it as a chore. This is where choosing the correct playlist can help you find exercising a lot more fun, and it makes it a lot easier to motivate yourself to go down the gym.
Diverts the mind from fatigue
Research has found that music can improve performance by drawing your attention away from feelings of fatigue and pain when engaged in endurance activities such as running, cycling, or swimming. It has been shown to increase exercise efficiency and postpone exercise fatigue.
A good beat can help you stick to a steady pace
The rhythm of your music can impact the pace of your workout by stimulating the motor area of the brain to direct the body when to move. When performing exercise such as running, cycling etc. It is good to have a steady beat like club and house music, but when performing weights try to have a song that has lyrics over the top to distract you from putting a tempo on your reps and possibly affecting form.
Choosing the right music
Not everyone has the same music taste, like pumping electro beats during your workout. However, a general configuration can still be found to improve performance.
- First of all, it’s a good idea to think about which type of workout you’re about to perform. Choose a type of song where the rhythm and tempo link with the exercises.
- Scientific research suggests that some activities, especially those that are characterized by repetitiveness such as warm-ups, stretching, circuit and weight training are particularly suitable to perform while listening to accompanying music.
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