In the past 12 years in fitness industry I understood that there is a strong relationship with music and exercise. We all believe that music plays an important role to keep going in an exercise session. I took some time to research into the scientific findings how exercise and music correlate. It was not surprising that there is scientific evidence in this regard.
During early 1970’s group exercise classes (aerobic dance) came into existence. During the time group fitness instructors used high tempo music to motivate the participants; this can be called the time when music started to take a major role in an exercise session.
The majority of studies suggest that music may significantly increase respiration rate and moderately elevate heart rate, preparing the participants for the anticipated workout whether it is group exercise, jogging, cycling or weight training.
Here are some findings on how music affects performance.
- One valuable way for you to use music is as a pre-exercise stimulus. The majority of the studies suggest that music may significantly increase respiration rate and moderately elevate heart rate so why not use some good music you enjoy to prepare yourself.
- Slower, sedative music decreases a person's muscular fitness potential.
- Music is found to improving gross motor (complex movements) skills, such as proper jogging skills.
- As music improves gross motor skills with the complement of music or rhythmic stimuli it can aid any rehabilitation process.
Now that you know the importance of music whilst exercising it’s good to keep your best motivational music in your ipod / MP3 player. I personally did work with many of the local recreational exercisers and professional athletes to find out what type of music they prefer while exercising. It all depends and varies from person to person and the type of exercise. So it is your choice.
At this point I'll share my personal view on the favorite music I use in different exercise sessions, and while training clients. Remember if you listen to the same music over and over it makes you bored and level of stimuli goes down, what I have shared below are my all time favorite which I use frequently.
Come on guys give me some cool music, any recommendations?