Studies in sports and exercise have shown that music can improve performance in several areas. For instance, during repetitive exercise such as running, music can narrow a person’s attention away from sensations of fatigue. In other instances, it can be a stimulant before a competition or have a calming effect on anxious athletes. Music can often be an untapped source of motivation and inspiration in sports and exercise.
Here are five tips and resources to create the “perfect playlist” to boost your workout. Happy listening and happy workout!
The pace of the music during your workout can be one of two things: similar to your movement or motivational. Synchronizing your movements to the beat is a very effective way to improve performance. There are resources out there to help match your activity to a BPM (beats per minute) pace. One resource is run2r; the site lets you find the correct rhythm to match your exercise goal. Whether it is for motivation or performance, it will help you find the perfect BPM (beats per minute) to get you closer to your goal.
“Synchronizing your movements to the beat is a very effective way to improve performance.”
Choosing the music you connect with can also enhance performance in exercise. Studies have shown that choosing songs, we are familiar with can be up to 18% more motivating.
Here is an example of how to make a 30-minute interval workout.
No need to mix it up if the playlist is working for you; however, if you get bored easily, this is important; you can vary the playlist by changing the genre, tempo, or songs. This way, you will ensure the list does not lose its supercharging ability.
Music streaming apps like Spotify, Songza, Pandora, Slacker, etc., may have the artists or genres you enjoy and possibly even a workout-specific channel. However, many apps are specifically designed to match music with your workout.
Author: Sadie Engelken, Fitness Intern from Carroll University with the supervision of the fitness team at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center (Now Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center).
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