Indeed, no matter how different we are, we all have that one striking thing in common – music. Whether it is taking us on a journey or setting the tone at a party, music is everywhere. Our connection with music runs deeper than we initially thought because it is something we listen to for fun and enjoyment. According to research, music has the power to pump your exercise. Although we often experience music in our daily lives, our brains also hear it and respond in unique ways.
Music can change our perception of how difficult our tasks are. Working out with music will allow for increased physical results without feeling like we are working any harder than usual. When listening to favorite playlist, we are distracted from exertion and repetition of our exercise so we are able to exercise harder for longer. Music-driven physical benefits are also boosted even more when you do not just work out to the beat, rather become responsible for the beat. This is evident especially when you kick a punching bag and hear its quality, intensity and precision of your strikes reflected in how it sounds. It lowers also perceived physical exertion and makes strenuous activities less physically exhausting.
Below are some simple tips you can put into action to increase your endurance, burn more calories and push through even the most challenging exercise.
- Listen to your body working – Try to turn your body into an instrument by listening to your own movements. Do take note of how your feet sound on the floor or how loud you are when you are kicking a punching bag. Try to clap your hands to make some noise during exercises like lunges or squats.
- Synchronize with the beat – Look for the basic downbeat and try to time your movements to it. You can run to the temp of a certain fast-paced song or walk-moderately to a paced tune. Ensure that every step, move and stroke is well-timed to the downbeat to maximize your exercise.
- Turn your fave song into an interval workout – Double your pacing and sprint every time you hear the chorus or the part of the song that repeats. This basically designs a perfect 3-5 minute interval workout. If you have a 12-song playlist, then you will have a great thirty to fifty-minute interval workout in the bag.
- Make your body an instrument – For exercise in which you can hear your body working, you can burn more calories and stress by getting louder. Linking a sound with your move will provide your body and brain with a powerful feedback that will improve the coordination, precision, spatial awareness and timing.
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This is also helpful if you came from a long hiatus and want to get back on the fitness wagon. Choose songs that will keep you going and will make you enjoy your work out routine for optimum results.