Find it difficult to stick to your exercise regime? Not unusual. Exercising can be a bore. But not if you dance or maybe jog to the tunes of your favorite music.
Tried various ways to spice it all up and make shedding kilos as fun as possible? At the end of your tether? Just give music a try. Exercising will never be the same. Good music can take your mind off the monotony of working out.
Why listen to music when exercising?
Many people enjoy listening to music while exercising. Some people have iPods or MP3 players glued to their ears while trying to finish their routines. Exercise can improve mood, distract you from soreness and also prevent boredom. But exercising to music, according to a new research by the University of Ohio, gives your memory a boost.
And there’s more reason why you should listen to music and exercise. According to the IDEA Health and Fitness Association, music improves a workout by making you work harder without realizing it. And before you know it, you’re through with your workout. That’s the best part of exercising with some music to keep you company. And music also helps shed more pounds than you would without it. A study done by the Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., noted that women who listened to music while exercising lost more weight than their counterparts who didn’t.
What type of music is good to exercise to?
It’s possible to create your own music by sifting your CD collection or spending time and money downloading special songs. However, if you’ve neither the time nor preference to do so, there are many companies that make collections of exercise music ready to purchase or download.
Any specific variety?
The person next to you might be rocking away to AC/DC; but if you’re a Michael Jackson fan, then so be it. What I’m trying to say is music is personal and subjective. Play what you’d like to hear. Most people try to match the cadence of their routine to their music. So what you can do is keep it lively and try to match the beat of the music to your routine.
Can I get special ready mixed exercise music?
The choice is literally endless; there’s jazz, salsa, techno, rap, funk and even remixed golden oldies available for download on the net. In fact remixed music is the best, as it’s longer and with a lot of beat.
Aerobics instructors usually rely on special thirty-two count, 120 beat music to motivate people to follow the instructions they give. For example, playing a slow track while warming up can help people to get in the mood; the actual routine then uses a fast-paced beat to move people.
Remember to keep the volume within acceptable limits; try not to damage your eardrums. When walking or running outside with headsets on, keep the volume low or nonexistent to hear outside noises, like traffic, dogs or more importantly a potential attacker.
Do you listen to music while exercising? How do you choose your music? Is there any type of music which is free and particularly easy to exercise to?