MUSIC COULD BE THE MOTIVATION YOU NEED
Working out to your favorite tunes doesn’t just relieve boredom, it can increase your stamina. If you’re moving to a strong, steady beat, you’ll find you may be inspired to work harder and end up with a more satisfying sweat sesh.
Studies have shown fast-paced tunes can make a difference in low/moderate level workouts. For example, on a treadmill session you can improve physical performance by increasing your pace and distance traveled without becoming tired by listening to music while you’re moving.
The results of working to the beat can result in higher levels of power, strength or endurance. For most of us, it’s easier to forget about pain or fatigue when you’re feeling distracted by your favorite tunes.
Research has also shown that workouts with upbeat music increased heart rates and power output. Plus, participants enjoyed the exercise more.
When you’re listening to music that activates the “pleasure” trigger, our body produces higher levels of serotonin – the “feel good” hormone. Our mood improves which drives performance – and that makes us happy!
MUSIC ONLY MAKES ME STRONGER.
Reasons Why You Should Exercise With Music
- You’ll push yourself – Motivates you to work harder
- Makes exercise fun – Get in the “zone”
- Reduces pain – You’re distracted from the normal aches from exercise
- Improves your run – Helps you to stay on pace, reducing false steps
- Time just flies by – Listen to 15 songs, 4 minutes each and BOOM – you’re done!
How To Build Your Play List
Building a play list is all about tempo. You need to match the music tempo with your target heart rate to keep you going for the length of your workout. The more intense the session – the more upbeat the tempo.
GENERAL TEMPO GUIDELINES TO HELP YOU GET STARTED
- Yoga & Other Low-Intensity Activities: 60 to 90 BPM
- Indoor Cycling, HIIT: 140 to 180+: 140 to 180 BPM
- Zumba: 130 to 170 BPM
- Jogging or Other Steady-State Cardio: 120 to 140 BPM
- Weightlifting / Powerlifting: 130 to 150 BPM
- Warming Up: 100 to 140 BPM
- Cooling Down: 60 to 90 BPM
THE BOTTOM LINE
Picking music that gets you “moving” and that is a fit with your workout routine can help you get the most out of your session. Since we’re all different and work at a different pace, you need to choose the tempo that provides the drive and results you need. BLAST THAT MUSIC & WORK IT OUT!