Does Music Help When Exercising?

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Listening to music while you’re exercising doesn’t just relieve boredom. This practice can help to improve the quality of your workout through increasing your stamina as well as putting you in a far better mood than you were previously.

In particular, music which is motivational – or synchronised – with your exercise is shown to have physical as well as psychological effects. When a song has a robust and steady beat, for instance, you are able to pedal or run to the beat of that song, which tends to feel satisfying and could also inspire you to exercise more.  The lyrics or captivating rhythm of motivational music will inspire you to exercise longer or work harder during your exercise routine.

When you’re performing a speed or HIIT workout, you could be looking for an extra push to help you to hit your splits or nail a circuit. Can music be the motivation you are looking for? It just might be: According to new research out of Canada, your upbeat, motivational music assists you with performing when it comes to these kinds of challenging workouts.

Music Can Improve Your Workout Performance

Even when you’re tired and feeling groggy, listening to music can give you that extra boost which you need to work harder as well as move faster. In fact, one study found that runners who listen to motivating music during a race completed it faster as opposed to runners who didn’t listen to music at all. Put together a playlist which includes songs that motivate you—whether that means the Rocky theme song or [songs by] Beyoncé.

Psychological Effects Of Music On Workouts

Music can lead to feelings of joy or displeasure, may change thought processes, and may also cause changes in behaviour. This psychological effect may be seen by physical changes in hormone levels. For instance, a 2012 study showed that participants who listened to music they deemed to be pleasing had higher levels of serotonin, which is known as the “feel-good” hormone. Although challenging to prove the effects, this study makes the suggestion that the pleasurable experience of listening to a song could result in an increase in serotonin levels, which can put you in a better mood for your workout.

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Music May Assist You To Keep Pace

Music creates a “rhythm response” which is the tendency for people to synchronise their movements with the music. Think of making use of a metronome when you’re learning to play the piano. Moving to a beat seems to assist the body be more efficient with energy. Music and exercise go together like the sea and sand

The best tempo is between 120 and 140 beats per minute (BPM). Most commercial dance music and many rock songs are in or near that range he says. This tempo typically matches the average heart rate during a workout.

This Allows For The Fastest Recovery

You will probably match your stride to a high-paced song mid-workout. And you can really be able to bring your heart rate down to a slower song. This is why the “slow down” music in nearly all fitness classes is, well, slow! Research has shown that listening to slow, relaxing music after an intense workout brings your heart rate down faster than silence.

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