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The Psychology of Effective Workout Music

The Psychology of Effective Workout Music | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
New research clarifies why music and exercise make such a good team, and how to create an optimal workout playlist

Selecting the most effective workout music is not as simple as queuing up a series of fast, high-energy songs. One should also consider the memories, emotions and associations that different songs evoke. For some people, the extent to which they identify with the singer's emotional state and viewpoint determines how motivated they feel. And, in some cases, the rhythms of the underlying melody may not be as important as the cadence of the lyrics. In recent years some researchers and companies have experimented with new ways to motivate exercisers through their ears, such as a smartphone app that guides the listener's escape from zombies in a postapocalyptic world and a device that selects songs based on a runner's heart rate

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The human brain may have evolved with the expectation that, wherever there is music, there is movement...Maybe the brain remembers it that way.

I personally think the distraction is a big contributor to the benefit listening provides to getting through a workout.  An audio-book serves this purpose and has no rhythm you can dance to.

 

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Simranjot S. Josan's curator insight, March 26, 2013 1:33 AM

After reading this article, I have thought about changing my workout music to more motivatoinal music such as rap or hip-hop when lifting and then house music or fast pased music when running. This could help push me when I am tired after a workout and I need to run. 

Rachel VanHorne's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:00 PM

There are many times that I don't feel like working out on certain days because I have too much to get done before I go to bed or I'm just feeling drowsy and not in the mood. But I find that music often encourages me to keep exercising for at least over 30 minutes. Music distracts the mind from pain or fatigue, and elevates the mood to continue muscle exertion. This article dives into the reasons for why music makes us feel so good when working out and also suggests types of music to listen to in order to increase the amount of time spend working out and the force exerted as well. It suggests high energy songs, as well as songs that evoke memories, emotions, and associations with the song. For some people, when they can relate to the singer's lyrics and emotional state, it helps pump them up and increase workout efficiencies. When I work out, I usually just play any song with a pumping beat, and don't pay attention very much to its lyrics. But I often get tired of the same type of beat over and over. So now I will experiment with songs with lyrics that I can emotionally connect with, which may inspire me to workout faster and longer.In recent years some researchers and companies have experimented with new ways to motivate exercisers through their ears, such as a smartphone app that guides the listener's escape from zombies in a postapocalyptic world and a device that selects songs based on a runner's heart rate. Checking out these new devices and apps will encourage my workouts to be more fun to look forward to and efficient. This way, I won't procrastinate as much as I used to on working out and will find it as an entertaining escape from the rest of my events in my life.

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Companies Slip Workouts Into Work

Companies Slip Workouts Into Work | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Projects like indoor walking tracks & attractive stairwells, installation of treadmill work stations are becoming more common in company's wellness programs. "You have to make these opportunities very, very easy and accessible, Not everyone wants to take a boot-camp class."

Companies have long sought to engage employees in wellness activities, partly in hopes of putting the brakes on skyrocketing health-insurance costs. While corporate gyms are helpful, research shows that only about a quarter of workers join them. So companies are targeting a broader group of workers, thinking up clever ways to get people moving without cutting into busy workdays or donning a stitch of Spandex.

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