Whether you’ve turn up music in the car or set a playlist going whilst relaxing to get to sleep, you will ultimately know that a good playlist can go along way.
Music can have a positive impact on both physical and emotional health. Music can give you the ultimate lift when working out.
According to a study in 2012, listening to music can create “higher levels of endurance, power, productivity and strength.” The enhancement made was so great that the authors described it as “a type of legal performance enhancing drug”. Maybe this is why athletes are not allowed to wear music whilst competing?!
Music to Help you Run to a New Personal Best
Music can help you run for faster, for longer. Although, what makes a good song for running? We recommend using a song that’s around 120 beats per minute (BPM). This will match (approx.) your heart beat and running speed. However, feel free to add in that “get after ’em” lyrics too
Lifting the Iron
A study found that music can help “increase strength endurance performances” during these weight lifting sessions. The speed of the song has less of an impact here, so choose songs that get you motivated.
A study in 2019 found that the right music can ensure you last for longer in your cardio session. The key, according to the study, is the BPM (beats per minute) and aim for around 120-140 BPM. However, you may want to increase the speed of the song for an extra kick.
A study by the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that the BPM should match the pedal speed to make the session feel even easier! One key point to remember here is that the pace of a bike ride outside or a class will chance.