Why you should listen to music when you work out.
We’ve all been there when you’re in the middle of a run and the perfect song comes on and gives you an extra spring in your step. But there are actual scientific reasons why you should listen to music when you work out.
Music is a mood booster.
It has been proven that music, especially our favourite songs, have the power to make us feel good. Listening to music when you work out can dissociate you from the pain or effort of exercise, and instead, tune in to good feelings and happy memories meaning that you don’t give up so easily.
It can enhance performance.
It is in our human nature to sync our movements up with a beat. You will probably have noticed this if you are running and your steps match the song. By listening to a high tempo song (120 beats per minute or more), we will increase our output more than we would without music, to match the fast beat.
Reduces perceived exhaustion
Music promotes internal motivation that makes vigorous exercise seem easier and less arduous. By creating a positive association with music it makes the whole process of deciding to work out easier in the future, as we don’t have those negative associations holding us back.
Optimises Oxygen usage
Music improves physiological efficiency by increasing blood flow and reducing the amount of oxygen intake required to perform at the same intensity without music. Meaning our body can work harder without paying the price.
So put your headphones on and get moving!
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