The world is a month into the new year and if you’re like most people, your resolution of working out regularly is probably starting to fall further and further from your mind. Don’t give up yet, though. Experts believe that all it takes for most people to get stay motivated is the right beat. If you aren’t listening to music while you’re on the treadmill or exercise bike, it’s time to start. All you need to do is take a look at the benefits to see what you’re missing out on.
Music Increases Your Endurance
According to one study, listening to upbeat music while you workout increases your physical performance and keeps you working out for longer, even during your toughest exercises. You may even get so into your favorite tunes that you go the literal extra mile without even realizing it.
Music Makes Exercise Seem More Fun
Running the same repetitive motion while you stare at the guy in front of you gets old fast. When you’re bored, you won’t want to work out as long or as often. However, if you create the perfect playlist with your favorite beats and lyrics, you’ll likely be so focused on the music that you won’t even notice the same weightlifter in the corner that you see every week.
Music Helps You Keep Up the Pace
Working out in silence causes most people to slow their rhythm over time, which doesn’t make for a very productive workout. It may also cause your speed to fluctuate as you realize you’ve slowed down and work to speed up, only to do it again a few minutes later. Fluctuating speeds while running, biking or performing other physical activities are harder on the body and make it harder for you to work out as long as you’d like. By listening to songs that range between 120 and 140 beats per minute, you’ll be able to keep pace and will likely have more endurance.
Music Acts as a Therapy Session
It isn’t just a fast-paced exercise that benefits from a music soundtrack. If you do yoga, Pilates or other mindful workouts, music can help you to remain focused, stay relaxed and clear your mind of the stress that keeps you from working on your posture and muscle contractions.
Music Can Help Your Body Recover After a Workout
Listening to upbeat tunes while you run is great for keeping up your pace, but did you know music can help you after a workout, too? Some experts believe that your favorite tunes, regardless of tempo, help promote relaxation and healing of the muscles after a strenuous exercise session.
Music May Help With Pain During Exercise
While many patients who suffer chronic pain disorders are told that exercise can help, the fact is that someone in pain often has trouble even beginning an exercise routine. However, a 2013 study conducted by McGill University determined that music can help your mind focus on something else and “forget” about the pain. While it is not a stand-in for any prescriptions your doctor gives you, it may help you start a low-to-moderate impact workout routine and stick to it, which may improve pain and flexibility over time.
Music Makes You Happier
You’ve probably heard that exercise can improve your mood, but if you’re feeling down in the dumps, it can be hard to start moving. By starting out exercise playlist first, you may begin to feel more upbeat and in turn, be more willing to take those first steps in your routine. The combination of exercise and music will likely have you feeling happier for the rest of the day.
Etiquette for Listening to Music While Working Out
Unless you exercise at home when nobody else is there, you probably can’t blast your workout music through your surround sound speakers. When exercising at the gym or in other shared spaces, a good pair of headphones is important to prevent disrupting others’ routines. Traditional earbuds and headphones typically can’t stand up to the movement and sweat hard exercise, but companies are catching on and creating earbuds made to stay in place and resist sweat while you move. In fact, HeadphonesAddict has created a list of some of the best options, all of which are even Bluetooth-enabled.
Regardless of the type of exercise you do, how often you do it, or what kind of music you prefer during your workout, research accordingly before purchasing your exercise headphones. Choose something that will fit your needs and don’t base your decision solely on which seems the most popular.