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Music Makes Workouts More Pleasurable

Play that Funky Music

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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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Member Comments

  • I am not into gyms but I enjoy dancing can this count as exercise. I do love walking around the neighborhood. - 5/7/2013 4:51:45 PM
  • I LOVE my iPod!!! I have Yurbuds ear buds, and they let me hear my music with out blocking out the ambient noise, which is pretty important for me since I ride my bike. I don't have a set play list, just a group of about 50 songs that I put on shuffle. Not knowing what is going to play next can really be a boost. - 4/28/2013 5:04:49 PM
  • Music is a great distraction, and a pleasurable one at that. I have my iPhone 5 now and my gym has wifi, so I now also watch PBS documentaries and German television shows or HBO shows on my iPhone while I'm on the elliptical. Without music or films, that elliptical gets extremely tedious after about 10 minutes. Yesterday I watched a German film and before I knew it I had been on the elliptical for more than an hour! - 4/28/2013 12:30:23 PM
  • I always listen to music when I walk, but when I run I do not like to listen to music. Doesn't make sense I know, but for some reason it bothers me to listen to music when I run. - 4/28/2013 9:39:32 AM
  • I've always needed music to workout. It helps take my mind off of the fact that I do not always enjoy what I'm doing!! - 11/27/2012 12:06:12 PM
  • Got to have music! My guy bought me an MP3 player for my birthday - I have no idea how I got through workouts before I got it - 11/27/2012 10:43:25 AM
  • FOXFATE
    Personally I need music or else. If I can't listen to music I am less focused and less driven. It drives me to do the task that is at hand whether it be working out or on the job I need music. - 4/25/2012 4:07:14 PM
  • KATHIE_B
    I work in a retail store and have to listen to music all day long, good music but by the end of my shift I've had enough of it . When I walk I want some peace & quiet to I walk outside rather than at the gym. I like music for step aerobics but it drives me nuts during yoga. - 1/13/2012 7:45:44 AM
  • I don't do the gym, but the way I recreate myself is dance.....I adore to dance and there's no such good gym, fitness or whatever like dance... to bring my body and spirit in the shape I want and in state of mind I want. I dance even than when I do ironning or just cleaning windows...I can't imagine to do anything without my music and, depends what I'm doing at the moment...dance music, latino, hard rock or hip hop.... - 12/5/2011 6:54:04 AM
  • I honestly would NOT survive any of my workouts if it wasn't for my handy dandy Ipod. Especially while I'm running or on the elliptical. If I get that mood where I'm just too tired and want to stop, just the click of a button to the next song and BAM, I'm ready for round 2...It is packed with all sorts of different genres of music that just keep me going! I have different playlists specifically for my workouts and even podcasts to listen to. Love it!! - 11/18/2011 9:10:54 AM
  • I have a playlist on my phone that I use for exercise. It mostly dance tunes and other fast-paced songs. The built-in media player on my Windows Phone did not have a way to shuffle playlists, so I wrote an app to do that and it works great. Anyone with a Windows Phone can get it free here: http://bit.ly/qVQ
    CL0 - 9/3/2011 9:48:53 AM
  • I love to listen to Contemporary Reggae on my walks. It makes the time go by quicker and it has a certain beat that comes closest to my walking speed. - 1/31/2011 8:45:30 PM
  • On my long runs I sing out loud while I'm running. It keeps me on pace because if I'm going too fast I can't sing, and it keeps me energized because I love rocking out to my favorite tunes on a run! When a great song comes on I get an extra boost of energy and I just belt it out. - 1/31/2011 5:28:24 PM
  • My iPod shuffle is filled with Brazilian Samba---not only is it full of energy, you canʻt help but feel HAPPY! Zumba got nothing on me!! - 1/31/2011 3:53:04 PM
  • I have a workout mix that I play on shuffle. I never know what's coming next, and it keeps things from getting too repetitive, so I won't have to change the songs in the mix too often. - 1/31/2011 11:04:32 AM

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