6 Ways Music Can Enhance Your Workout
A big component to effective exercise is motivation. Motivation is usually the biggest reason why people do or don’t get up and workout. Because studies have shown that music distracts people from bodily awareness, i.e. pain, you should consider adding music to your workout regimen. When you take a break for a walk outdoors at work, maybe adding your earbuds to catch a tune might be a good option. Below are six reasons for a music and workout mix that you should think about.
#1. Happy distraction: Music has been shown to enhance performance up to 15 percent.
#2. Increase effort: Music during a workout has been shown to amplify your performance. Songs between 120 and 140 beats per minute are best for moderate exercise.
#3. Get in the zone: Music triggers memories and channeling those memories can boost the motivational factor.
#4. Keep up the pace: Every song has some type of beat to it; you can keep up your pace when listening to your favorite song.
#5. Put some pep in your step: Music can provide you with an escape from the present, it allows you to reflect and become more self-aware. Listening to music while you are working out is an excellent way to change your mood.
#6. Just move: Researchers have found that some music has high-groove qualities, which makes you want to move. So with the right music, you won’t be able to help yourself run a little harder on the treadmill.
So get up and get at it! Next time you go to the gym or start a workout try the playlist below of 100 heart-pumping songs.
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