How to Improve Your Fitness Training

Music and exercise – how to improve your fitness training

Nowadays, most people accompany their sports activities with music, in the last 50 years, scientists have studied what effects music has on people while exercising, to which have been attributed many different benefits, among what has been found, is that music promotes a better performance during workout because of the innate and unconsciously human tendency to coordinate rhythmically the body movements with musical sounds, thus, it facilitates the acquisition of new motor skills given the musical fluidity.

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It has also been observed that depending on the type of music (high or low intensity) there is a stabilization of the heartbeat, as this acts as a stimulus to isolate from the surroundings by allowing to focus more easily to the activity, plus it has been proven that the best response to exercise is obtained if you listen to your favorite music as it is considered ergogenic, in other words, it promotes a more positive assessment of the bodywork, therefore it is considered to be a great help making the exercise more bearable and providing a better sense of comfort by decreasing or delaying the appearance of signs of peripheral and central fatigue, at the same time, there has also been found a lower concentration of stress hormones (catecholamines, beta-endorphins and cortisol ) in blood.

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The type or style of music among ages also has a positive effect on the response to exercise, classic styles will have a better effect between more mature ages, this is because softer sounds are more familiar to this group, whereas modern or more rapid rhythms provide a better response in younger ages especially among males.

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In addition to the effect of music while exercising, there has been found that this is also a great contribution to mental preparation previous exercise, according to some studies, music, modifies the different emotional and psychological states, so it can be used to stimulate the body to start exercising or on the contrary, using music to calm down after a session of physical activity, as it has a relaxing effect, if we have observed, at sporting events a lot of athletes arrive to the sport venues listening to music but they will not take off the headphones until a few minutes before their competition, this is because the mental and musical preparation helps them to “tuned” into what they are about to perform.

Based on what has been said, what kind of music is the right for you? Well this is very simple: Choose the music you enjoy the most, but above all, take into consideration what type of physical activity you regularly do, and for how long, so this will allow you to put together 3 kinds of music to match the phases of your training, low intensity for warming up and relaxing once you have finished your routine, medium intensity for when your muscles are getting coordinated to the activity, and high intensity which will help you to reach your highest point of resistance and maintenance of your workout. And remember, always try to make your physical activity as fun as possible.

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For a deeper reading:

Music in Sport and Exercise : An Update on Research and Application


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17090506
http://www.pilarmartinescudero.com/pdf/lecturasentrenamiento/Influenciamusicarendimientodeportivo.pdf

Thanks for reading.
Tim
Hire Fitness, Surrey