Playing some music just before exercising is not a new thing. However, knowing the good music for that matter is not very obvious to many people. Listening to music is not just enough because you need to create and control it at the right time. Various studies have shown that an athlete’s mind is likely to be distracted by well-controlled music, which provides an insightful effect on a person’s perception during an exercise.
As some gym experts say “music cannot be over dosed”, it creates another image to prove that music has some stimulating impact. For those who love music, perhaps you understand the power of music and how to influences our minds or even bodies. So, music is life, energy, and power. If you run in every morning before going to work, experts recommend you create a playlist of your favorite hits, and then put on the headphones. But this may not apply to weight lifters because it will be distractive to have headphones while listening to your trainer.
Alright, fatigue may catch up with you while exercising. This is just normal because you are exhausting the body energy, but the music has the power to mitigate and boost body energy to keep you moving. Therefore, let us see the benefits of playing music when preparing for an exercise.
Distracting mind from workout pain
While preparing for a workout, listening to music gives additional motivation by energizing the brain and capacitates it to endure the pain of exercising. Obviously, you will feel tired and exhausted in the middle of an exercise. Such fatigue is neutralized by the power of music to distract the connection between the workout and pain. Therefore, you will be able to add extra time before stopping the exercise.
As said earlier, music can distract your mind from the pain of the workout. This means you will stay focused on the benefits of exercising more than concentrating on the fatigue element. Music creates pleasure because it stimulates positive perception and decreases negative emotions such as anger, depression, and tension. Listening to music while doing low or medium workout increases your capability to achieve your goals. However, some intensive workouts may not be influenced by music at some levels where fatigue is too much to bear.
Regulate your emotions
As the music tries to create pleasure by distracting the mind from the fatigue, it also regulates the emotions. Some emotions are normally activated during a workout, but music helps in regulating them. The rhythm of the music has a core role when it comes to regulating your emotions. If the music is fast, your emotions are likely to increase due to excitement and stimulations. But if you want to relax and calm down, play a slow music rhythm. This is a good preparation for athletes before they start training as the music helps them to calm down while in turn energizing their bodies.
It is important to understand the two types of music for workout preparation; asynchronous and synchronous music. The asynchronous music is played without considering correspondence between the exercise and rhythm, while synchronous music is played while matching the rhythm and the exercise’s movement. The latter is more suitable for a workout because it allows coherent performance in an exercise. It helps athletes to improve their energy utilization especially for cardiovascular workouts such as cycling, running, skiing, or rowing.
Improved coordination and balance
Coordination and balance are some of the motor skills an athlete should acquire during an exercise. Music helps in achieving them due to the reproduction of bodily rhythms. Additionally, some music lyrics emphasizes on elements of workout techniques. Slat-n-Pepa’s song ‘Push it’ is one of the songs suitable for runners, jumpers, and throwers. Also, a good music creates positive feelings and a welcoming environment that is enhancing, motivating, and cheerful.
Overall flow during workout
Uniting all the benefits discussed above, you will realize that the essence of music in workout environment is to create a natural flow. Music helps to achieve a motivational feeling whereby you will focus on the exercise rather than concentrating on the fatigue and pain. When you build endurance and positive perceptions, you will improve the overall performance.
It is equally essential to know how to choose the correct music for your exercise. The task of finding the right music is not a walk in the park given the different music tastes among people. Though not everyone will buy an idea of poor quality music tempo, it is advisable to choose a general music rhythm that can work for most workouts. Obviously, you need to think about the type of exercise first. The choice of music should have a rhythm that matches with the movements. But some people may prefer structured music patterns when performing complex workouts, and therefore their choice of music may be different.