Research shows that listening to music is a great way to distract you from possible pain endured, AND to motivate you through any rough patches. The New York Times says, "In fact, it’s music’s dual ability to distract attention (a psychological effect) while simultaneously goosing the heart and the muscles (physiological impacts) that makes it so effective during everyday exercise."
The Huffington Post says a recent study found that not just listening, but controlling and creating music in time to one's pace had an even more profound effect on perceived effort during a workout.
Still not convinced? Here are a few great tips from HuffPost Healthy Living that just may persuade you to pop in those earbuds during your next jog or cycle session:
MUSIC IS THE GOOD KIND OF DISTRACTION:
"While the study did suggest there's more to it than distraction, working out with music did make participants less aware of their exertion. Such a distraction can benefit athletic performance by up to 15 percent, The Guardian reported. The faster the better, according to WebMD: Upbeat tunes have more information for our brains to process, which takes your mind off of that side stitch."
MUSIC PUTS YOU "IN THE ZONE:"
"Everyone has that go-to song that gets you "in the zone," and there's science to why it works. We associate certain songs with memories, often relating to the context in which we originally heard them, such as the first time you watched Rocky. Channeling that memory -- or even just the emotion of the singer -- boosts the motivational power of the song, and has been shown to improve physical performance."
A GOOD BEAT CAN HELP YOU KEEP PACE:
"The rhythm of your workout music stimulates the motor area of the brain as to when to move, thereby aiding self-paced exercises such as running or weight-lifting. Clueing into these time signals helps us use our energy more efficiently, since keeping a steady pace is easier on our bodies than fluctuating throughout a sweat session."
For more great tips, read the full article here.
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