Do you listen to music when working out?
Many people enjoy listening to music while they work out. But some of you may doubt whether this does some benefit or simply makes the training session more “upbeat”. Research has shown that when athletes listen to music this distracts them from the “bodily awareness” (aka the sensations of their bodies). But let’s see some of the major reasons of why it’s better to listen to music while you are performing your sets and reps.
It elevates your mood
One analysis was performed in August 2013 and it showed that really often people turn to listening to music in order to change their mood and to increase the self-awareness. The participants in the study said that while listening to music they were able to think about themselves, to escape from the present situations in which they were and to think about who they actually want to be. By using the tunes you can escape from the negativity and lift your spirits.Music can lift your power while you are training.
It puts you “in the zone”
We all have favorite songs which allow us to get into what we call “the zone”. Actually this is supported by science. Some songs are closely associated to memories – usually these memories has to do with the context in which we’ve heard them for the first time. Listening to those songs allows us to channel just memory or to simply get flooded by the emotions of the singer and this boosts the motivation which the songs provide. That has been shown to correlate with improvement of the physical performance.
It lets you put more effort into exercising
In 2010 a study was performed and it showed that cyclists did work harder while they listened to fast music compared to when they listened to a slow music. But it’s also no good to listen to songs with too fast a tempo. For moderate exercises the maximum effect have songs which have about 120-140 beats per minute.
Music offers you a distraction
When exercisers listen to music while working out they are less aware of the exertion they feel.
This distraction may lead to boost of the athletic performance by up to 15%, according to the Guardian. And WebMD says that the faster the music is the better it’s effect is – when we listen to fast upbeat tunes our brains have to process more information and this process allows your mind to put aside the feelings of exertion.
The nice beats allow you to keep your pace
When you listen to workout music its rhythm stimulates the brain’s motor area and aids the self-
paced exercises – like running, for example. Our brains take clues for the rhythm and this allows ourselves to use the energy in a more efficient manner because this way we keep steady pace which is easier on the body.
The music stimulates you to move
The beats are something that really goes deep into our bodies and brains. Some researchers found that music with “high-groove” qualities excites your brain and induces your movements. Thus, even if you actually don’t want to work out, the upbeat rhythm of your training playlist can stimulate you to get moving.
Additionally – making music is also important
A study showed that there is a much more complicated relationship between physical exertion and music than we’ve previously thought. The lead researcher Tom Fritz says that the creation and the control over the music in time of the exercise makes the experience even better.
Participants who were able to create their own workout soundtracks felt that they haven’t works as hard in contrast with participants who didn’t have control over the music.