Exercise, Feel the Beat!

New research in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology claims listening to music gives workouts a BOOST! Via Brunel University:

Thirty participants exercised on a treadmill while listening to a selection of motivational rock or pop music, including tracks by Queen, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Madonna. They were asked to keep in strict time with the beat. The findings show that when carefully selected according to scientific principles, music can enhance endurance by 15% and improve the ‘feeling states’ of exercisers, helping them to derive much greater pleasure from the task. One significant new finding is that music can help exercisers to feel more positive even when they are working out at a very high intensity – close to physical exhaustion.

I TOTALLY agree. When I turn on the Metallica, I become a BEAST! What kind of music gets your motor running?

Via Diet-Blog.

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Scott - October 13, 2008 1:37 PM

Master Of Puppets is my choice for Metallica if I'm working out. Other than that I listen to Hatebreed, Lamb Of God, Pantera is always good. I could go on and on, but this works for just about anything. I have about an acre to mow with with a conventional push lawn mower and I turn on the ipod and it makes the time and effort seem a lot easier. The Showdown is a good band to listen to as well. Sometimes it tough for me to pick an album before I start working out because My iPod is packed with gb's and gbs of metal, it annoying sometimes.

Sara - October 13, 2008 10:32 PM

I prefer Celtic,especially something like riverdance.

Steve - October 14, 2008 9:08 AM

Hi Gerry. I'm most likely in the huge minority here, but I never listen to anything when I work out. In the summer my exercise is 90% bicycle, so there are obvious traffic safety considerations, but even on a long car-free trail I can go for hours with just the sights. Indoors, if I were doing dumbell squats for example, I need to pay great attention to form, and the last thing I would want is music to make me bop my head (and possibly round my back). I find the best motivator, if I need one, is childish infantile thoughts (seriously). Picture that you are going to meet someone who embarrassed you in high school at next month's reunion or something like that, and see if you can't grind an extra pushup or two!
Cheers, Steve

Monty - October 14, 2008 1:28 PM

Try a Torelli trumpet concerto or a Mozart string quartet.

Yoga Instructor - April 21, 2011 11:43 AM

While I am doing yoga, there is a selection of 'meditation' music that I use. Sometimes, I listen to nature sounds that many people use as a sleeping aid, such as rains and a bubbling brook. I do love ballroom dancing! Cha-cha, tango, rumba... Latin music makes me move!

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