How to use music to boost your workout

 

There is so much research backing up how music can enhance your workout! Whether you enjoy listening solo or collectively in groups, a good rhythm at the right tempo can help you move better.

To get a decent HIIT workout you require alternating BPM’s to burn fat. Tom, our head trainer and company owner, has put together a list of high tempo songs to accompany a HIIT workout.

You can increase your intensity level by doubling up your pace to each beat.

Check out the benefits below –

PAIN RELIEF

In 2019, researchers revealed there is a casual link between the hormone Dopamine, musical pleasure and motivation! This suggests that listening to your favourite songs makes working out a little more bearable whilst the release of dopamine reduces the effects of any exercise induced pain… This could mean that you are able to endure a longer workout! There is further research to suggest that even the anticipation of listening to pleasurable music induces the release of dopamine.

 

 

SYNCHRONISATION

Your brain is made up of many segments controlling different body processes. I would like to discuss a particular segment called the cerebellum which is the second largest part of the brain and can be located at the lower back of the head. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explain that this segment controls…

– Reflex actions

– Balance

– Rhythm

– Co-ordinating the movement of your skeleton and muscles

The cerebellum is the part of the brain focused on creating helps to creating effortless, flowing and integrated movements when moving to music. It works together with other areas of the brain to respond to a beat.

TAKE CONTROL… of your heart rate

Harvard health states that studies have found that listening to music can help return your heart rate to ‘basseline’ levels quicker than without after physical exertion.

REMOVE MENTAL STRAIN

Take your mind off the mental strain of working out. Distractions such as listening to music takes your mind off the physical strain of exercise. I found an interesting example of a time experiencing the ‘power’ of music has helped someone.

A neurologist/author called Oliver Sacks spoke out about a time he injured his leg whilst mountain climbing and had no choice but too slowly slide himself  down a mountain slope with his elbows. In an interview he said: “Then I found the Volga Boatmen song going through my mind. I would make a big heave and a ho on each beat in the song. In this way, it seemed to me that I was being ‘music-ed’ down the mountain.”

REDUCE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRESS

There was a study in 2009 finding that basketball players who generally did not perform well in games under pressure performed significantly better during high pressure free-throw shooting if they were listening too catchy, upbeat music and lyrics (The actual song was Monty Python’s  “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.

LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

Depending on the tempo of the music you listen to you can increase or decrease your blood pressure.

BOOST METABOLISM AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY/Diminish feelings of fatigue

Researches at Brunel University in London have carried out research suggesting that experiencing intense auditory stimuli whilst exercising actually activates a region of the brain that acts to suppress fatigue. Alongside this, the brain also acts to lessen the subjective perception of fatigue.

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