Surprisingly, music not only soothes the savage beast; it can have a strong impact on how much you get out of your exercise routines, too.
Scientific studies have been conducted and prove that individuals can exercise for longer and at higher intensities while listening to music. There’s even evidence available that suggests music can make you stronger. The key is to select tracks that are upbeat and motivational.
Use the Rhythm to Get Stronger
Although most people listen to music while they’re doing cardio workouts, it’s a good idea to bring along the iPod for strength training as well. According to a 1981 study cited by the University of New Mexico, listening to slow, sedative music while lifting weights significantly decreased strength. However, strength was increased while subjects were listing to music with more beats per minute. Also, mobility is another function that music can improve. Listening to audio cues can help a person gain better control over their muscle movement.
Increase Stamina with Music
Studies done at Brunel University found that working out to music can increase exercise endurance by as much as 15 percent. Subjects had better energy and attitudes when they were exercising along to music. The type of music is important when selecting tracks to increase your endurance. Upbeat tracks should be used that allow you to exercise in time with the music. This could include songs from the genres of rock, pop, dance and hip-hop.
When the Music Stops
Although music is effective for moderate cardio workouts and strength training, it does have limitations. According to Psychology Today, when a person exercises at a very high intensity, music stops having an effect. When lactic acid begins to build up in the bloodstream, music does not have the ability to reduce the perception of how much exertion the exerciser is experiencing. Also, in some cases where a certain exercise requires a lot of concentration, music may not be a good idea. If insufficient attention is paid to the exercise because of the music, the risk of injury may be elevated.
Music is helpful to individuals who need a welcome distraction while exercising. So make a mix of your favorite tracks and use the music as motivation when you’re looking to improve strength and endurance.
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