Everyday researchers are coming out with more and more information and results to studies that show the powerful effects that music can have. For pregnant women, playing music can have a huge impact on a child’s prenatal development. For the mentally impaired and people with severe brain injuries, music can excite and charge neurons that can actually bring parts of speech, muscle and basic functioning back to life. And for those fitness buffs, music can actually make your workout feel less physically demanding and more enjoyable. Here are some ways in which music can rev up your workout.
For one, if you are a jogger, weight lifter or if you take Pilates or yoga classes, having music to accompany your workout can help your stamina. With the right kind of music (typically you want to match the beats per minute to the pace of your workout), researchers say that music can keep you going for longer. Moreover, you won’t get as tired as easily and it will inspire you to keep going, even if you’ve had enough. In that sense, music is a little bit like your own personal trainer– inspiring you to push harder and harder.
Next, you want to have the right playlist for your workout. Usually the biggest top hits on the pop charts will do the trick. Bands like One Direction or anything with a pounding, exciting beat that makes you want to dance your heart out is perfect for a workout. You want to make sure that the beats per minute are consistent throughout the entire playlist, because you can end up messing with the natural rhythm of the workout if it’s not. Moreover, you don’t necessarily want any music that will put you to sleep or make you depressed.
Researchers say that music releases basic chemicals in the brain that with a little physical exertion can be released. These include dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline. Combine these all together and you’ve got a powerful cocktail for a solid workout. Also, the way you play the music is important. While you don’t need a live band, you should have at least a quality pair of earphones that won’t fall off or an audio system with a powerful enough base so that you can feel the music. When you go dancing in a club there is a reason why the bass is dropped so low.
Lastly, when you do play music for your workout, make sure that it isn’t offensive if you are working out with people around you. This is especially important if you teach a workout or aerobics class. Music can rev up your workout, but only to a certain point. You don’t want to offend anyone and you don’t want to lose clients. To put together the ultimate playlist, make sure that it is long enough and has lot of bass heavy tracks. If you want to have the best workout of your life, just turn up the volume and inspire yourself to get physical.