Working out without music is an experience most people don’t look forward to. Exercising seems so much easier when you have the right beat in the background. Any regular gym user is basically a Headphones Addict. It is not a surprise that music helps you throughout your workout. The question is, which type is the most beneficial for the effectiveness of your training. Let’s find out!
You must have your workout playlist all set up, but you might be surprised that there is a whole body of research around how sound can influence exercise. The first finding of the researchers is that listening to music makes a person work harder, keep moving, and recover faster after a workout or between sets of exercises. What is interesting is that the speed of the melody doesn’t matter, so you don’t have to listen to dynamic music to achieve that effect.
The type of sound you choose for your workout session can affect the strength of the effect music has on your performance. When it comes to running or cycling, so cardio sessions, studies claim that listening to fast-paced music is encouraging you to work harder. Also, loud songs tend to contribute to optimal workout performance. So, if you want to improve your results, make sure to remove all slow and quiet music from your playlist and save them up for a reading session. When it comes to strength training, choosing the right genre of music or a particular song can help you perform more reps throughout your workout. The preferred type here is high-impact hip-hop that is slightly aggressive to boost your fighting spirit.
There is no such thing as a perfect music playlist for every kind of training; you need to adjust your playlist to what you are currently doing. Fast music is there to increase the intensity of exercising. However, slow music is associated with quick recovery time, lowering your blood pressure, and decreasing heart rate, so it is perfect for stretching or yoga. Matching your workout pace to the appropriate music genres can lead to better coordination and better results overall.
Music is such an excellent form of art that is highly flexible and can adapt to anyone’s needs. This rule is no different for your workout. The right pace and volume of music can help you achieve better results, so all you have to do is create a few playlists for different types of workouts. If you are interested in other ways in which music affects your life, check out the graphic below.