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Music Makes Workouts More Pleasurable

Play that Funky Music

By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer         
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Going to the gym and working out can get monotonous. The same machines, the same steps on the treadmill, it gets boring. Aside from changing gyms, what is something that can be done to make it a little more exciting each time you go? The answer is music. We know music is often used in a yoga-type setting to calm the participants and aid in the relaxation. But you can also arouse your body with the energy of sounds.

Some gyms play upbeat music in the background, which you may or may not enjoy. So instead, bring your own set of headphones. Create your own exercise mix to listen to. The music can be used to motivate and to cue you throughout the workout. Running on the treadmill? Use songs to set and change your pace. You can create your CD so it has a slow song to warm up to, an up-tempo one for the actual workout and then another slow one for the cool down. Match the songs to the type of workout you want to participate in.

Recent research shows music, often used in healing, can actually affect brain wave patterns. It can definitely get one energized. Music can oftentimes put you in a more positive mood (often an outcome of working out in general), which is also beneficial to your health. The more fast-paced the music is, the more adrenaline you might experience.

Vary the music with your workout. What you listen to while biking may be different than what you’ll need to hear while lifting weights. Use the songs to customize the exercises. You can actually go as far as to coordinate the beats per minute in the song to your own heart’s BPM.

Music serves to take your mind off of the fact you are exercising. It’ll distract you from your fatigue and possible muscle soreness. Working out will become more pleasurable than simple monotonous movements. There is no one specific musical genre best combined with exercise; that clearly depends on your personal taste. Some great ideas, though, for something upbeat include salsa, country, big band, disco, or even funk. Pick songs you can sing along to, or that have a great rhythm. Most of all, bring some fun back into exercise. While the guy or girl next to you is sweating away on the machine, you can be belting out lyrics in your head, or out loud for that matter. Enjoy!

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About The Author

Liz Noelcke Liz Noelcke
Liz is a journalist who often writes about health and fitness topics.

Member Comments

    Listening to music helps out a lot of people I know, but it never seems to work for me. When I'm running without music I start to lose focus of the world around me (in mental state, not physically blacking out) and by listening to music I become very conscious of exactly how long I've been running and how many songs until the workout is complete. I think the difference is that running is my favorite workout and for many people it's the opposite. I think that I should try listening to music on workouts I don't enjoy as much, like working on core. Also, I thought that matching the beat of the music to where you want your heartbeat to be was a really good idea. - 1/19/2013 6:17:05 PM
  • i love music i just cant get motivated
    - 11/5/2012 6:12:25 PM
    just wondering, what songs are you listening to?? - 4/26/2012 12:01:20 PM
    I listen to music on a playlist that has an upbeat song for around 6-10 minutes so that i'm really working, and then do a sort of recovery song for 2-3 minutes and then repeat. It helps me give myself a break. - 8/17/2010 8:48:28 PM
  • I love listening to music while I work out. It's totally motivating, and often takes your mind off of how hard your working so you're working harder without even realizing it. :) - 6/26/2009 1:08:22 PM
    i loved the article. I listen to music every time I work out. I listen to different kinds of songs, from Taylor Swift to Miley Cyrus. - 5/25/2009 6:13:12 PM
  • Every time I run I listen to my iPod. Hawk Nelson all the way! - 5/9/2009 3:37:23 PM
  • I take my MP3 player every were, well not any more i gave it up for lent =(
    my sister usually rippes the head phones out of my ears when we are on walkes so its impossible for me to listen while walking, roller blading and listening to music is fun too, though if you fall, CRUNCH goes the player =P - 3/25/2009 12:24:22 PM
  • ok so music is my life. i dont go anywhere without it, literally; this means when i walk on the treadmill or whatever, im listening to something upbeat or fastpaced so i dont get bored of it. if anyone is hoving trouble sticking with their workout routine, turn on some music and see how it changes everything.
    ~Emilia Anne - 1/16/2009 7:30:44 AM
    DO you have any sujestions on songs? - 11/27/2008 7:29:08 PM
    I always listen to music when I workout. Sometimes I watch tv while I'm working out, too. - 6/10/2008 1:47:44 PM
  • Helped me in my workouts! - 1/9/2008 8:51:28 PM

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