If you feel like you go harder, lift heavier and get more done in your workout when you’ve got your tunes pumping, there may be a scientific reason for that.
Music is one of the most powerful motivational tools you can use when working out, with research published in the journal of Psychology of Sport and Exercise revealing that it makes exercise more enjoyable.
It can also lift your performance, keep fatigue at bay and help kill boredom. Its positive impact has made it a necessity for training.
With music now seamlessly available at our fingertips and gadgets such as wireless headphones in the market, it has become easier to incorporate music into a workout.
The most important element when choosing your music is the tempo, also known as the beats-per-minute (B.P.M.). The preferred B.P.M. is between 120 and 140 which is in the range of most commercial dance music. Interestingly, it is also similar to the average person’s heart rate during a routine workout. Research has shown that when your workout is synced to your tunes, you’ll feel physical and psychological benefits.
Motivational music is also a big tick when it comes to exercise, so it’s no surprise that some of the most popular songs to exercise to include ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor, Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’, ‘Into the Groove’ by Madonna, ‘Wake Me Up’ by Wham and ‘Pump It’ by the Black Eyed Peas.
If you’re not sure what music to listen to while you’re working out, streaming services like Spotify have playlists dedicated to exercise and the gym, and even have some designed around the all-important B.P.M.
If you’re not sure what tunes to pick, you can always do a group fitness class where the hard work is done for you, and all you have to do is turn up and enjoy the pumping music – no headphones required!