Music provides the perfect distraction when working through an arduous workout. What it can also do is motivate your body to new heights. Medical research website Center4Research found that one study showed relatively fast music can significantly improve treadmill performance. The key is all in finding the right music; understanding the science that proves the theory will help you with that. Implemented into your workout routine properly, music can become a key habit to exercising well.
Improving your heart rate
One of the most simple and powerful benefits of music is that it will improve your heart rate. Challenging your heart to work harder is an important part of exercise and those just starting out with exercise will find that adapting your lifestyle to strengthen the heart will help to address the other problems that occur alongside any period of poor fitness or from being overweight. Music helps to boost this benefit even further; a 2011 study published in the Journal of Applied Sports Psychology outlined how heart rate is increased with stimulative music. This is both a physical and psychological effect. Those seeking to improve their heart’s strength should look for upbeat, evocative music, rather than downbeat tunes.
Making you work harder
Music has a physical feedback effect on the body, but there is a strong psychological indicator towards it’s effectiveness, too. In 2017, a study published in the Journal of Sports Science found that, during high intensity interval training, the presence of encouraging music significantly altered perceptions of the exercise. Put simply, those listening to music during working out perceived the exercise positively; those who did not have music, did not perceive the exercise positively at all. This shows how music not only boosts the heart in a physical sense, driving you to higher quality results, but also mentally, providing you with impetus to enjoy the experience in a wider sense.
While all of these effects are nice on their own, the real question is whether there is a holistic benefit. New studies suggest that there is. The International Journal of Physiology, Psychology and Pharmacology conducted a study with 50 subjects, giving them the benefit of music or depriving them of it in the alternative. Their study found significantly longer periods spend exercising in those with the music, and ultimately found that endurance was higher in those who had the benefit of music. This was without any specific adaptation of guidelines from previous studies; the music didn’t fit a certain BPM to match stride, and nor was it specifically uplifting. Instead, the study showed that having any music at all will flat out improve endurance.
Most people workout with music – it’s a great way to keep yourself engaged through challenging your body through performance. There’s evidence to show, however, that music is one of the best things you can do for your body. Don’t just enjoy the vibes – know that hard, cold science proves that you’re giving yourself that extra few percent through a simple playlist.