Music and its Effect on Exercise

listening to music to improve fitness

Finding something that helps you get motivated and stay energized during a workout is essential. Whether you are exercising at home or at the gym, you want to get the most out of your workout. 

Read my related blog: 4 Steps to Improve Your Fitness Mindset

Daily exercise requires dedication and using music as your drive is a great idea. Incorporating music into a fitness routine has shown many positive effects for those who want to get in shape or lose weight.

Here are the positive effects music has on our exercise:

1. Increase Energy Levels

Our bodies have a tendency to want to move with the beat of the music, just like when we dance. Picking out music with high energy and strong beats will have the same impact on your workout.

You will want to keep up with the beat, so the pace of your workout will increase with the tempo.

Check out these 50 best workout songs.

woman running listening to music

2. Maintain Endurance

Listening to music is a form of entertainment. During a workout, being distracted from your own exhaustion can help you to extend the length of your workout.

3. Aid Weight Loss

In a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, they found that those who exercised with music and with a faster tempo showed a greater amount of weight loss.

Those who exercised with music actually increased their intensity, which meant they were working harder without even knowing it!

4. Keep it Fun

More importantly than adding intensity to your workout, music can help you to adhere to a fitness program by creating a fun workout experience. Using a fun mixture of songs during exercise can help give you a positive outlook for your next workout.

woman listening to music whilst exercising

Some Fun Advice

Do you struggle to find the motivation to make it to the gym every day? Yet, you know that you need to exercise.

Take a day off from the gym! Change up your routine and still get a good workout in.

Try this fun gym-free routine:

Grab your iPod and your headphones and dance around your living room for 20 to 30 minutes and score a calorie melting workout, all while having a blast.

Music on the GO

If you always have your phone on you, use it to listen to music while you exercise. You can download Pandora.com for free and pick out the music and stations that get you moving.

What about earphones for working out?

We know it’s not always easy working out with your earphones in, the last thing you want to do is spend the whole session getting distracted by those dangling wires that keep getting caught in the gym equipment.

Why not check out these best earphones for fitness.

What do you use to get moving?

Have you got a motivating song or playlist you can share with us?

More useful information on music and exercise

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_and_music

http://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/805/

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=78018

http://www.self.com/fitness/2011/07/weight-loss-powers-of-music-slideshow#slide=1

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