Today most of us would probably not go to a gym if there was no music. Even during our regular walking or running, we need music to help us in our exercises. Most people have to compulsorily have music for a workout.
How Music Affects Exercise
Researchers have done a lot of research on motivational music and its effect on exercises. They have tried to use many types of music and see what effect music had on the way people worked out. Is there a specific kind of music that helps us to exercise for a longer period? Or is it the kind of music that we like which will help us?
All these questions remaining it has been proved that music does help in making people work out for a longer time. music does have a positive effect on a person’s workout.
If motivational music is played before you start your exercise it is shown to increase arousal. It greatly improves the performance of simple tasks. But it is the effect of music during the activity that is even more encouraging.
When music is played during the workout it has got very positive effects that makes us workout for a longer time. It has got work enhancing effects on our body. It also has a psychological effect. Listening to music delays the perception of fatigue. Which means we don’t realize our tiredness when we listen to music while exercising. It has been found that listening to motivational music during exercise actually does delay fatigue too. So, there is both the psychological and physical effect.
It was conclusively proved that music had a positive effect on low-intensity exercise. It helped in increasing physical activity and improved the energy efficiency. It showed an influence on mood and helped in increasing endurance.
Limits Of Effect Of Motivational Music
However, the effects of motivational music seem to be limited to only moderate levels of intensity. It shows an effect on the psychological feedback only in these levels of exercise. When the exercisers reached higher levels of intensity music did not seem to affect the feedback to the brain. At these levels, the physical feedback seems to be dominating the nervous system. Music did not seem to achieve the distraction possible to make the exercises not realize the physical strain.
It was also noticed that the music had effect only in the lesser trained exercisers. Trained and advanced exercisers would be motivated by a need to achieve rather than music.