Benefits of listening to music for your workout

Author: Female For Life | 20 Aug 2011

Tagged: Exercise, Fitness, Health & Wellbeing, Motivation, Positivity

From gyms playing the latest tracks to the sole runner with his iPod, music is a strong motivator of exercise at all levels and for all types including cardio, strength training and stretching. Listening to the right track can change your whole mood. So it makes sense that it may have the same powerful effect on your athletic performance

Working out to music can help you stay motivated and maintain your stamina through your workout routine. Dr. Costas Karageorghis points out in "The Sport Journal," music improves the exercise experience by making the brain interpret the signs of fatigue differently. WOW – music is that powerful.

Vary the music with your workout. What you listen to while biking may be different than what you’ll need to hear while lifting weights. Use the songs to customize the exercises. Beats per minute

By understanding the relationship between a song's beats per minute and how the beats affect your workout, you can create an exercise playlist for each portion of your workout, from warm up to cool down. You can actually go as far as to coordinate the beats per minute in the song to your own heart’s BPM. With the properly timed music, your hour-long workout can fly by while you rock out to your favourite songs.

Choosing Appropriate Music

Matching the beat of the activity to the music is one of the elements that enhance performance. The trick is to match the music to your heartbeat. So if you are running on a flat surface choose a constant fast beat, if you are doing interval training find music with varied beats. Nowadays you can even purchase music as specific Beats
Per Minute (BPM) for the ultimate accompaniment to your workout.

Increases Endurance

Listening to music while working out increases endurance by as much as 15 percent. It does this by distracting the brain from the fatigue you feel. Music therefore allows you to work out for longer.

Improves Performance

Research has shown that when combined with exercise, music helps to increase speed and performance by as much as 20 percent. Music also enhances flow--the state of optimum mental and physical performance.

Improves Brain Function

When you add music to exercise, your brain performs more efficiently as a result, says Dr. Charles Emory, professor of psychology at Ohio State University. Emory led the research on a study that found the brain's cognitive function improved significantly after participants spent just 30 minutes walking on a treadmill while listening to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."