Studies show that working out to music can be more beneficial than you think. From the tempo to the lyrics, songs can affect performance greatly by changing one’s mindset or to get away from the outside world.
Athletes, runners, gym-goers and more from all over the world, utilize music to get themselves into the zone. An example of getting into the zone might be listening to the same warm up song each workout. This sets a habit change that ensures you’ll start your workout whether you have the motivation for it or if you’re having an off day.
Personally, going to the gym and popping in my earbuds is a way for me to escape everything that is going on in my life for a whole hour. I don’t focus on anything else other than myself and performing my best during that time. It’s an amazing feeling to know that I can take this time just for myself.
In addition to music, verbal encouragement (like a personal trainer while you are pumping out your last few reps), having a great support system, or even a workout buddy are all great ways to boost performance!
Still, music takes the cake for enhancing performance! Not even that quad espresso from the coffee shop down the block will do you better than an invigorating playlist.
When selecting your playlist, take into account the rhythm. Are you planning to do sprints? Or is it a recovery day with foam rolling and stretching. Reaching optimal performance is all about reaching the right state of mind. If your workout is more intense, opt for a more upbeat and fast paced rhythm. Whereas for lifting, you might want to listen to a genre like Hip-hop or rock.
Whichever genre you pick, make sure it’s motating and fitting for your workout!
Demetra is not a physician or registered dietitian. The content of this article should not be taken as medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem – nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health.