How Music Can Benefit Your Workout

Tuesday, January 10 2017 11:29 AM

Listening to music while exercisingEveryone at the gym either has their headphones on, or if they don’t, they’re listening to the music playing on the speakers. So, if you’re like most people, you need music to get the most out of your workout. Upbeat tunes can really motivate you and give you the extra push you need to get through those last few reps! No matter what genre you like, music can benefit your workout in many ways.

Music Can Help Your Mood

Have you ever listened to a slow song and instantly felt a little down? Well, fast music can have the opposite effect! The right music can put you in the motivation zone, get you off the couch and boost your mood. If you’ve had a bad day at work or aren’t feeling active, try cranking some upbeat music to feel more positive about going to the gym. If you have a favorite tune with a good beat, it can make the difference in showing up to exercise or being a no-show. Plus, it can make you feel happier, and who doesn’t want that?

Music Can Help Your Pace

Music can stimulate the motor region of the brain, which is why you find yourself tapping along to the rhythm of your favorite song. When it comes to exercise, it’s best to choose a playlist that fits your workout so you can match the music’s beat. Fast songs are great for cardio while slow songs are ideal for exercises such as yoga. Using these time signals helps us use our energy more efficiently, since keeping a steady pace is easier on our bodies than fluctuating throughout a workout.

Music is a Good Distraction

Workouts aren’t meant to be easy, but music can help make it appear that way. Upbeat music has more information for our brains to process, which can help take your mind off of the energy being exerted. However, according to Karageorghis, there is a sweet spot in terms of tempo that lies around 120-140 beats per minute (bpm). Music that’s too fast loses its potential to be beneficial.

Music Can be Used for Recovery

If you haven’t been using music for your rest period after a workout, there’s no better time than now to start! According to a study, runners who listened to music took roughly 120 more steps during the 15-minute cool-down period than those recovering without music. That low-intensity movement helped speed up the removal of excess blood lactate (a reliable measure of muscle fatigue), and so shortened recovery times.

Music can have such a positive impact on your workouts. If you haven’t started listening to your favorite tunes while exercising, now you can! Let us know in the comments what your favorite songs are so others can start listening too.

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