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I like Music and Music makes me Happy!
Many individuals like combining music and exercise, but you might be surprised to hear that there are scientific reasons behind this. There are several advantages to listening to music while exercising, but they all come down to the fact that music makes exercise feel simpler and more enjoyable, allowing you to work out harder than you would if you were exercising alone.
Check out these reasons to combine music with fitness, as well as some pointers on how to maximize your workout playlist.
1. Music can help you keep pace
According to Scientific American, music causes a “rhythm reaction.” The urge for people to coordinate their motions with the music is known as the rhythm response. When learning to play the piano, consider using a metronome. Moving to the rhythm appears to aid the body’s energy efficiency.
Several studies have demonstrated that the precise pace, as measured in beats per minute, has an impact on one’s degree of activity. The appropriate pace for maximum performance is regulated by the type of exercise, according to this research. According to a 2011 study, the ideal tempo for cycling (which was measured by evaluating exercise intensity through heart rate) is between 125 and 140 beats per minute (bpm).
2. Music can elevate your mood and motivate you
People listen to music to boost their mood and self-awareness, according to research published in Frontiers in Psychology. Wouldn’t you argue that if you’re in a good mood, you’re more driven to do something?
3. Music distracts you in a good way
Music may elicit feelings of pleasure or unhappiness, alter mental processes, and alter behavior. Physical changes in hormone levels can be noticed as a result of this psychological influence. For example, a 2012 study found that participants who listened to “pleasing” music had higher levels of serotonin, also known as the “feel-good” hormone. While the effects are difficult to prove, this study suggests that the pleasurable experience of listening to music can result in an increase in serotonin levels, which can put you in a better mood for your workout.
4. Music gets you in the groove and makes you want to move
“High-groove music” is, in fact, a scientific phrase! Groove, defined as “a musical characteristic that might elicit movement in a listener,” activates the part of the brain responsible for movement, making you want to move, according to research published in Brain and Cognition.
When you work out, music can help keep your pace or elevate your mood. It also gives a much-needed boost of energy to get going and make it through those last few reps at the end of a workout! Comment down 3 songs you’ve been using over and over again, cause me personally, music really does help me push myself harder when exercising. You should give them a try too–you might find that they’re just what you need to up your game in the gym! exercise with me!