Post written by: Dusten
Left, right, left, right sounds like music to your ears right? Maybe not, but keeping rhythm is very important in fitness. Whether you’re lifting weights or taking a light jog around the block to even running a mile or two, keeping a steady rhythm can help you optimize your workout.
Many people instinctively listen to music during exercise, perhaps you’re that person that listens to hard rock while weightlifting to overcome fatigue, or maybe you’re the person on the treadmill just trying to pass time. Whatever the reason, here are some of the ways music affects your workout routine.
Distraction: Well maybe this one’s a little on the nose. Music is a great distraction, decreasing your bodily awareness. Runners usually run longer, faster and that “wall” that every runner fears get pushed back a little. For weightlifting, music distracts you from awareness of exertion and strain on your body, giving you an optimal workout.
Effort: A controlled study by VIVO in 2010 found that cyclists that listened to faster music performed better than cyclists who were listening to slower music, or no music altogether. Music between 120 and 140 bpm gave the best performance, while slower music was best for cool down and slower cycling.
Motivation: There’s something about listening to pop, dance, rap or rock that really makes you want to move, and the right music at the right time gives you a certain “high”. Whether you’re at the gym, at the club, or home in your underwear. Music lightens your mood and during exercise, even the laziest of people can benefit from a dose of music during a routine.
So remember, before you head out to the gym or for a run, slip on some headphones, put on your favorite song, and get the most out of your workout. The above are just some if the benefits to music and exercise, and there are tons more. With time, you’ll see those benefits manifest themselves with optimal results. And if you’re unable to access music during your routine, we can always think of the classic left, left, left, and right, left.