Working Out to Music

Routine workouts often seem tedious, zapping you of your desire and motivation to exercise.  You may struggle just to get through these exercise sessions, not necessarily because they’re too intense and tiring, but because they can be so boring!  Working out to music, however, could be the solution to the problem!

Did you know that exercising to music can have other benefits as well?  Interestingly, research has found this to be the case!

Benefits Reaped From Working Out With Music

The obvious benefits that can be derived from exercising to music are increased motivation, commitment, and enjoyment.  Music has the power to make people want to move.  It doesn’t matter what kind of music you listen to.  Any kind of music, from rock to country, from classical to jazz possesses the ability to push us to exercise harder and longer.

“Music enhances a workout, it makes you work harder without realizing it, and it makes the workout go by faster,” stated fitness expert, Petra Kolber.

A research study a few years ago confirmed that combining music and exercise can produce positive results.  The outcome of this particular study indicated that overweight people who listen to music while working out typically lose more weight on average than those who do not listen to music during exercise sessions.  One primary reason seems to be that those who work out with music are more likely to adhere to their workouts than those who exercise without music. 

Let’s face it—music can turn exercise into a more fun, pleasant experience!  At the very least, music helps motivate you to keep moving, while it keeps your mind off how hard you are working.  If you enjoy the exercise more, you’re more likely to become committed to it and engage in it on a regular basis!  The more consistent you are with your workouts, the better will be the results!         

In addition to all the physical benefits you may reap, adding music to your exercise sessions can also improve your mental functioning as well.

A study conducted by Charles Emery, a clinical psychologist at Ohio State University, revealed that the combination of music and exercise improved mental performance.  With the assistance of a couple of Emery’s colleagues from Ohio State, Evana Hsiao and Scott Hill, and David Frid of Pfizer, Inc., tests were performed using 33 subjects.  The tests revealed that exercising to music resulted in mental stimulation.  When the test subjects worked out without music, there was no noticeable change in mental performance.

Music-Ready Fitness Equipment

More and more people are discovering the advantages of including music in their daily workout routines.  In response, many fitness equipment manufacturers have begun adding built-in speakers and docking stations for MP3 players and/or iPods on their treadmills and elliptical trainers.

The Smooth Fitness Agile DMT X2 Elliptical Trainer and the Smooth 7.35 Treadmill are a couple of examples of fitness machines that are equipped with sound systems for listening pleasure.  How easy it is to listen to your favorite tunes while exercising on such equipment!  

Plug in your MP3 player, crank up the volume, and start working!  Watch your motivation improve!  Discover that you are becoming more committed to your workouts!  Soon you will be fitter, happier, and more alert!

Written by Cyndi Waters, Fitness Researcher and Writer  

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