Music serves as a subconscious distraction from the monotonous daily grind. What happens when the music stops? Your mind returns to the stresses of daily life; the monthly bills, whether you accomplished everything you set out for the day, traffic on your daily commute. Theses daily stresses aren’t absent when the music’s playing, they just become thoughts with a rhythm. How can music affect your workout? Can your workout be more efficient when listening to music or does it serve as a distraction?
“Music also provides an ideal accompaniment for training. Scientific inquiry has revealed five key ways in which music can influence preparation and competitive performances: dissociation, arousal regulation, synchronization, acquisition of motor skills, and attainment of flow.”
All this basically means is music helps sharpen your focus, has a positive effect your mood and on the levels of output you’re capable of while listening. Listening to songs with different rhythms also allows your to change your body movement to flow with rhythm of the song.
“Brunel University’s School of Sport and Education has reveals that, according to Dr Costas Karageorghis’s latest research, carefully selected music can significantly increase a person’s physical endurance and make the experience of cardiovascular exercise far more positive.”
[box type="important"]Studies done by Brunel University found that with the right music selection, exercise endurance increases by 15%.[/box]
You may be hard-pressed to find someone in the gym now-a-days without a music device and as these studies have shown, for good reason. If you’re a “no headset” type person, take a chance and see what music can do for you. There are plenty of great devices that won’t break the bank and get the job done.
What do you have to lose besides a couple extra inches and a lot more efficient workout?