Nothing frustrates me more than getting to the gym and realising I’ve forgotten to pack headphones.
I’m not alone. For many people, music makes exercise more enjoyable (bearable), but did you know science has proven that music actually improves performance.
A doctor from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education calls music a ‘legal drug for athletes’ which can increase endurance by 15%.
This is because:
- we are naturally inclined to move in time with sound (this is called entrainment or synchronization)
- music increases arousal and elevates mood which makes us want to move
- music is a distraction when fatigue sets in
Songs between 120 – 140 beats per minute have the best impact on moderate exercise.
Songs in this range include “Push It” by Salt-n-Pepa, Rihanna’s dance remix of “Umbrella” and “Drop it like it’s hot” by Snoop Dogg. Anything above 140bpm is unlikely to improve exercise performance.
So next time you hit the gym, don’t forget to pack those headphones.