Many of us reach for our headphones before beginning a workout. You might have one specific song that gets you pumped up to lift weights, or a whole playlist to motivate you during a long run. However, there's more to the music-exercise relationship than you may realize.
Increase Your Running Pace
If your goal in choosing a playlist is to improve your personal record time, the key is to choose songs with the right tempo. Humans naturally follow the tempo they're hearing. By choosing songs with a fast tempo, your pace will follow and you'll find yourself shaving minutes off your time. Research has shown that those who set their pace according to the music they're listening to increase their endurance by up to 15% without noticing the difference.
Create Your Playlist
How can you find the music that will help you reach your optimum performance? Technology can help. For those who want to keep their pace while jogging, songs with a tempo of 120-140 beats per minute tend to be the best. For those who want to increase to a sprint, a tempo of over 150 should do the trick. Try out apps like BPM Detector to search your music for the best songs to add to your playlist. I listen to Imagine Dragons and Metallica on days that I’m really trying to push my limits.
Other Benefits Of Working Out To Music
Those who choose to coordinate their music to their workout will notice more benefits than just improving their time. Over time, there has been plenty of research to show how music affects health and mood. Those who listen to upbeat music when exercising show a positive change in blood pressure and metabolic rate. Changes in mood, stress levels and fatigue are also noticeable.
Ease Recovery Time
Just as music with a fast tempo can help you speed up your run and increase your heart rate, songs with a slower pace are great for cooling down after an intense workout. Research shows that switching out your music and enjoying more mellow songs while cooling down can help to calm the nerves. This reaction affects several organs, allowing your entire body to relax and recover from the workout.
Get the Most Out of Your Workouts
A combination of great music and customized workouts will leave you feeling healthy and strong, as well as happier and less stressed. Make the most of your time spent working out with a solid playlist and a custom exercise plan that allows you to fit exercise into your schedule. Learn more when you meet me, Ralph Roberts, at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo.
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