Why Music Is the Secret to a Better Workout
If youâre searching for that extra kick-in-the-seat to get through your treadmill session, try music. Not just any music though: Listening to faster-tempo tunes between 170 and 190 beats per minute (bpm) was found to have the greatest effect on getting peopleâs heart rate up while lowering their perceived effort, according to a recent study by Andrea De Giorgio, associate professor in physiological psychology at eCampus University in Italy.
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During the experiment, people worked out in silence or with slow, medium, or fast-paced music. Overall, the faster the beat, the easier the workout felt, which is key since research shows that the limiting factor in peopleâs workouts is usually mental, not physical. âRhythmic patterns of music facilitate the execution of movement, creating a feedback loop,â says De Giorgio. âIn the context of exercise, certain music can be strategically chosen in order to induce physio-psychological responses that lead to better performance, as well as regulating mood and shifting attention. Try âGo Offâ by M.I.A. (170 bpm), âArabesqueâ by Coldplay (172 bpm), and âFollow Godâ by Kanye West (180 bpm).
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