“Music can be thought of as a type of legal performance enhancing drug”
– Dr. Costas Karageorghis, researcher on music for performance.
Here is why your favourite music can be a great companion at the gym or on the jogging track:
1. It’s the ‘good kind of distraction’ – According to a study conducted by Dr. Costas Karageorghis, working out while listening to music takes your mind off the physical exertion. This draws your attention away from feelings of fatigue and can increase your efficiency up to 15 per cent.
However, the benefits of distraction are high during low to moderate intensity exercise. Music loses its power to divert attention when up against high intensity workouts.
2. It can help you get better results – Studies suggest that listening to your favourite tunes enables you to accomplish more by putting in the same amount of effort.
Further, a study also found that cyclists actually worked harder when listening to faster music as compared to music at a slower tempo. But too fast is no good, either. Songs between 120 and 140 beats per minute (BPM) have the maximum effect on moderate exercisers.
3. It can motivate you to work harder – Music can boost internal motivation by triggering positive emotions. This helps you experience greater pleasure from the activity being performed. The feeling is magnified when the song reminds you of an emotionally significant aspect of your life. This in turn motivates you to stick to your routine and workout harder.
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