Can music affect your workout?
I’ve recently been intrigued on how music can affect our mood after reading a few articles which talk about the “Mozart Effect”. This was about music, specifically Mozarts Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, improving the brains function. However, this was disputed, but it was confirmed that music is very primal to all our experiences. All I have to do is listen to James’s “Sitdown” and I’m back in Benidorm with a load of my college friends. Music can invoke feeling and memories, good and bad, can lift our mood or relax us.
The artical made me wonder, can music affect your workout? There was a study in the “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise” which said that listening to music whilst doing intense exercise (such as high-intensity interval training, HIIT) increased the enjoyment of the session and so helps you work harder. When people listened to music whilst cycling they increased their power output by more than people cycling in silence. Conversely if you have trouble relaxing or falling asleep music can help you with that. For doing this you could need to choose ballads, light piano music or classical music.
So, how does listening manage to do this? The brain produces a response which lowers the stress hormone “cortisol” and increases the amount of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps regulate mood, appetite and sleep. Music can help treat depression, agitation and anxiety in this way. So you can create playlists that can help you work off stress at the gym, on the commute home or even while at work.
Apple Music and Spotify, are music streaming services which you can subscribe to. Once signed up there are a many playlists that have been created. Doing a quick search online can provide you with the perfect playlist for your next work out, run, HIIT session or when you need to relax and have some down time. Alternatively you can try creating your own, and experiment with diffent gener’s for different occasions.
Let me know your thoughts on this article, or reply with a great playlist you’ve downloaded or created?