Why you should exercise to music
You move faster to upbeat music, you have a lot more fun, and you don’t even notice that you’re having a hard time. Scientific evidence shows that it works for more than just me.
It’s easier to exercise with music
Listening to rhythmic tunes makes it much easier for people to exercise than in silence or to other people’s conversations. This works for light activity like walking on a treadmill and moderate-intensity running on an exercise machine
Also, upbeat tracks smooth out the unpleasant emotions of muscle fatigue during strength training of an intensive interval workout.
Fact: Music reduces perceived effort during physical activity by 10-19%.
Scientists speculate that this is due to peculiarities in the transmission of nerve impulses to the brain. When you listen to music, the sound signals compete with information from your body, which tells you how hard it is. As a result, you pay a little less attention to bodily discomfort and get high from your favorite tracks.
However, when it comes to really hard activities, the body’s signals become too persistent and the music can no longer block them out. That’s why even the most motivating tracks don’t help much when you’re working at high intensity. You’re just as hard as you would be without the accompaniment, but you get a little more enjoyment out of your workout.
Also, the magical effect of the sounds depends on the level of athletic training. Professional athletes don’t experience much relief and pleasure from musical accompaniment, but beginners and amateurs almost always do.
Scientists believe that it’s all about the level of effort, as well as the pros’ habit of concentrating on their work and not being distracted by extraneous factors.
Music helps you do more
Energetic tracks at a tempo of 120-140 beats per minute work like real legal dope.
Fact: Listening to such tunes helps you do longer endurance exercises and makes you run, pedal and swim faster.
Music makes it easier for people to give it their all, both in short sprints to test power and during long runs at top speed.
In addition, motivational tunes help to tolerate the burning in the muscles during isometric exertion. If you’ve ever wanted to set a personal record in the bar, try doing it to music: that way you can last longer.
Music speeds up your recovery
You can listen to melodious rhythms not only during the workout, but also afterwards. Relaxing songs help lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and help you recover faster overall.
And if you need an active recovery, energetic tracks will make you move when you have almost no energy left. After an intense race, people are more invigorated by the music, which helps lower blood lactate levels and make you feel better sooner.
Music helps you get used to working out
You can tell a person endlessly about the health benefits of exercise, but they will not exercise if they are not motivated by goals that are important to them and enjoy the process.
Important goals are usually a good figure. Appearance motivates people much more than health, but if in a few weeks the belly does not go away and the muscles do not get stronger (which is most often the case), the motivation comes to naught and the person stops exercising.
Enjoyment of the process is a much more stable motivation. If sport is perceived as something pleasant, you are more likely to go for a run or go to the gym after a hard day’s work. After all, it’s not a punishment, but a way to relax and have a good time.
Music helps turn your workouts into a source of positive emotion. At first, you’ll get high on your playlist, and as you work out, your brain will increase levels of serotonin, the pleasure hormone.
You’ll finish your workout happy, relaxed, and satisfied, and you’ll want to do it again.
Make a playlist of your favorite upbeat tracks, picking the ones that motivate you to move, and go for it!
What do you do when your bored listening to music?
There are a lot of things you can do when you’re bored listening to music. Here are just a few ideas:
Listen to a different genre of music that you usually don’t listen to. This can help expand your musical horizons and keep things interesting.
Make up your own lyrics to the songs you’re listening to. This can be a fun way to personalize your favorite tunes.
See if you can identify all the instruments being used in the songs you’re listening to. This can help you appreciate the music on a whole new level.
Look up the history behind some of your favorite tracks.
What does listening to a lot of music do?
Listening to a lot of music can do a lot of things. It can make you smarter, happier, and more creative.
Listening to music has been shown to increase intelligence and creativity. In one study, participants were asked to come up with as many uses for a brick as possible. The group that had listened to music beforehand came up with significantly more ideas than the control group.
Music has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels. In one study, participants were subjected to a stressful task followed by a relaxation task. The group that had listened to music before the experiment showed lower levels of cortisol (a hormone released in response to stress) after the relaxation task than the control group.
How many hours a day should you listen to music?
It depends on what you’re looking to get out of music.
If you want to improve your cognitive ability, then listening to music for 0-2 hours per day is recommended. However, if you’re looking to use music for relaxation or pleasure, then 3-5 hours per day is ideal. And finally, if you’re using music for both cognitive ability and relaxation/pleasure, then aim for 5-7 hours per day.
Is it OK to listen to music all day?
It all depends on your definition of “all day.”
If you’re listening to music for a couple of hours while you work, that’s probably OK. But if you’re listening to music all the time, even when you’re not working, then it’s probably not a good idea.
There are a few reasons why it might not be a good idea to listen to music all day. First, it can be distracting and prevent you from focusing on what you’re doing. Second, it can be mentally and emotionally draining to listen to the same type of music all the time. And third, too much exposure to loud music can damage your hearing.