New research shows you work out harder when listening to music.
According to new research from Kent University in the UK, your training workout performance skyrockets when listening to great music. And it also helps you to enjoy exercising more.
In that same study, it was suggested that personalised playlists, where the music tempo matches specific types of workouts, can also help increase adherence to cardiac rehab by 70%.
This means that moving to the right beat will make you take that extra step, cycle the next rotation or extend deeper into your warrior pose.
So, what are the best types of songs to work out to? Here’s what the experts say:
Pump up those fast beats. Any type of music from techno, electric, pop to hip-hop, which have rapid beats of both highs and lows, are the best types of music for high-intensity workouts like cycling, boxing or circuit training.
The constant change in high and low beats of this music helps motivate you enough to push through that extra kilometre cycle or another 100 punches into the boxing bag.
Slower beats with less high and lows, like RnB, slower dance, soft rock or even power songs, are the perfect tunes for low-intensity workouts such as running, walking or rowing.
The steady beats of this type of music help you control an even energy flow for longer endurance workouts at a nice steady pace, which is ideal for that 10km row or 5km run.
Music for weight training should both inspire and help you push through the intensity of the workout.
Upbeat music, like rock, pop and some dance, is ideal for giving you enough inspiration to push through the pain of weightlifting, without pushing you too hard and fast where you either injure yourself or get sloppy and reap no benefits at all from the weightlifting.
Inspirational and soulful sounds are the best for yoga. Slower music helps you flow better through your positions, which in turn gives you time to focus on your technique, positioning and of course, breathing through the positions.
Diverse music from other cultures, instrumental or alternative rock, which has very little to no tempo is best, as it allows you to match the movements of yoga to the music.
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