“When you workout to music, your mind and body get the impression that the activity is more fun than energy-consuming.”
Research and studies prove that music can be a good accompaniment to workout sessions.
Whether or not music has a real effect on workouts is still up for speculation. Here’s what science has to say about it.
MUSIC BOOSTS PERFORMANCE
Most athletes listen to music before competing in tournaments. Gymnasts, basketball players and swimmers are known to do well when they listen to music before the game. This holds true even for athletes who usually do not do well under pressure.
Therefore, it can be safely assumed that music has some positive effect on physically demanding tasks like sports. The same conclusion can be drawn to exercise regimes and gym workouts.
Music helps by drawing attention away from physical exhaustion and fatigue. Studies prove than music boosts performance by 15%.
MUSIC CAN DISTRACT YOU AND ENHANCE YOUR MOOD
For most of us listening to music is something that helps while away the time. Notice how when you listen to your favourite songs on the commute you end up remembering most of the lyrics.
This means that music captures most of your attention driving it away from fatigue and pain. It helps modulate pain levels in the body. Music also gets you in a favorable mood to achieve workout goals.
Listening to upbeat songs releases endogenous mu-opioids which raise the bar of pain tolerance.
MUSIC HELPS SYNCHRONIZE MOVEMENTS
The tempo of music also effects the brain neurons. Brain neurons tend to synchronize with the tempo of the music played.
Athletes can condition themselves to keep up the pace of their workout and perform repetitive actions like cycling and running. It also helps maintain a uniform pace while exercising.
MUSIC MAKES WORKING OUT FUN
Working out in general takes quite and lot of effort. When you workout to music, your mind and body get the impression that the activity is more fun than energy-consuming.
It minimizes the perception of the effort put in and the makes even long workout sessions seem rather short and manageable. As professor Karageorghis from Brunel’s University School of Sports and Education, London stated “We know from scanning the brain that when athletes play loud upbeat music there is an increase in activity in the ascending reticular activating system”.
Simply put, this makes exercise a lot easier.
Gym-goers must remember that apart from using music as a distraction or a mood enhancer, one must have the motivation to reach health goals. Also, listening to music that is too loud can have negative effects on the ears.
Therefore, it is important to keep the volume at a reasonable level.
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