Have you ever left your headphones at home or forgot to charge them before your workout? It almost feels like you can’t workout. Your motivation and focus drop, your stamina and strength fail, and you count down the minutes to when you can swap your sweat for a sweet.
Believe it or not, there is something to music that helps improve your workout, both in mindset and physical performance. Tuning into motivational music can actually help you achieve higher results, feel more inspired to workout, and feel more pleased with yourself after your workout.
So, throw your headphones on and let’s get this workout started.
Music Increases Mood
Choose a playlist and genre of music that you like. Good songs will raise your serotonin levels, improving your mood and readying you for your workout. Especially on the days when you don’t feel like getting in the gym, plug in your headphones and grab your gym back. You will have a much easier time pumping yourself up to follow through with your workout.
Sometimes getting out of your head while working out can help you finish before you know it. Distracted by your song, you also may feel less pain and fatigue as you go, working through the normal times of fatigue without even noticing. You can use the distraction like a draft, almost like when you are cycling behind someone. As long as your form remains intact and you continue to push hard all the way through, you can benefit from a little distraction.
On the other hand, music can also get you in the right mindset and help you focus throughout your workout. It can push out all other distractions and help you tune in and sweat along with your song. A high-intensity song can up your energy and encourage you to keep running, cycling, lifting, or whatever else you have planned.
Music Increases Performance
Having a motivating playlist does more than just get you in the mood. The right kind of music can help you push yourself to achieve higher physical goals. A fast-paced song has been known to increase your running pace, distance travelled, and overall stamina so that you will not feel as winded after your hard workout.
It helps to have songs with beats per minute (bpm) that match your pace. Depending on your exercise, you will have a different max bpm. For example, your bpm when cycling should stick around 125 and 140 bpm. You can search for playlists by the bpm so that every song that comes on has you pedaling to keep up.
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