The effectiveness of your training depends on many factors. But it’s not just your diligence that can make your workout more rewarding. Many athletes use additional tools that, at first glance, may seem irrelevant. It turns out that some athletes in different sports use music to enhance their training performance. According to them, training with energetic music keeps them motivated and improves it.
Scientists have been studying the impact of music on human productivity for a decade. Their research has confirmed the positive effect of music on the training process. They also established how it works, namely that the music:
- distracts the human brain from pain and muscle fatigue.
- increases the production of endorphins,
- increases the speed of movement (depends on the rhythm of the music).
Scientists believe that music is like doping, but it is legal and safe for the health of an athlete.
The secret to how music influences performance is its rhythm or beats per minute. When you do the workout with rhythmic music, you try to follow its rhythm. As a result, the faster its rhythm the faster you move. At the same time, the style of music does not affect the effectiveness of workout in any way. You choose the kind that you like. But, when you select the music for workout, try to choose one that has a lot of drum sounds. It is these sounds that stimulate you to move.
Some social polls show that the most popular styles of music are contemporary styles such as rock, pop, and hip-hop. Scientists explain this by the fact that such music, as a rule, has a frequency of two hertz, or in other words, 120 beats per minute or two beats per second. It is this pace that is the stimulant for highly effective workouts.
Scientists say that music gives your brain an impulse to exercise, and it sends a signal to your muscles to work harder. However, your brain does not notice the muscle signal of fatigue as it is focused on the music. Thus, you distract your mind, and the duration of your intensity increases.
Music helps you experience different sensations during your workout. Studies show that exercising with music feels not hard, and you can exercise longer.
The effect of music on workout results come through your emotions. When listening to energetic music, you experience a surge of feelings of joy and happiness. Your emotional state improves and affects your body.
In terms of music styles, men tend to use rock during their workout, while women prefer pop music. Scientists explain it as a different perception of the world. Music influences emotions and rock helps men feel stronger, develops a sense of purpose in them. Whereas pop music gives women energy and does not cause aggression.
It should be noted that music helps make your workout more varied and fun. If you practice running or monotonous exercises, then such workouts can be boring. Listening to your popular tracks you do not get bored, but get emotional pleasure. Over time, you develop a strong neural connection that training is fun. Every time before exercising, your brain will not be contacted because it will expect a pleasant time.
Regardless of the style of music, you get an additional tool with which you can achieve better results in sports. At the same time, music helps not only experienced athletes but also beginners. If you think that the music distracts you from the technique of performing the exercises, then this is not true. All kind of music affects your subconscious mind, while your mind remains focused on your body. Sometimes, some athletes sing along with the music they listen to. They argue that it is easier for them to release a lot of stress. Singing and practicing at the same time is hard, so this way is not for everyone. You can listen to music and enjoy your workout.