Move to the music

2013-10-17-MusicWorkoutWords: Eliza Oatway

We all love music. It’s everywhere and most of the time we have our favourite catchy tune stuck in our head no matter how hard we try to get rid of it. I bet most of you love to listen to music while working out and have your headphones in with the volume up as loud as it can go. So maybe having the volume up super loud isn’t exactly good for your hearing but many studies have shown that listening to music actually improves people’s workouts and pushes them to go harder. It takes the focus away from the pain and stops outside distractions from interrupting your session. Negative thoughts will have no room to clutter your mind.

According to scientists at the Music in Sport Research Group at England’s Brunel University, listening to music can lower your perception of effort by as much as 10 per cent which tricks your mind into feeling less fatigued. The same study also showed that for those who exercise at a high intensity; music can improve endurance by about 15 per cent. It is also best to listen to the types of music that suits your workout and choose songs with around 120 to 140 beats per minute, which relates to the average person’s heart rate while exercising.

So put together a playlist full of your favourite songs and go outside for a run or head to the gym! See if it makes a difference for you!

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