First off, thanks for all the replies on Foods I Loved, Love, and Hate. It was nice to know I wasn’t completely alone in the foods I hate. And there are more tomato haters out there than I thought! I’m not unusual! A few of you even did it yourselves on your blogs! How fun! Thanks to Michelle for the idea.
Today I’m thinking about music.
Because it’s one thing I’ve realized I don’t like about my gym. I haven’t paid much attention to the music during most workouts with other people, but when I’m alone I’ve noticed that I don’t like it. Unfortunately before I left for New Zealand I sold my iphone for moola and haven’t replaced it yet. So I don’t have anything to play tunes of my own and am forced to listen to whatever is playing at the gym. They play a lot of music I just don’t love (um, mainly Nickleback). Everything else about the gym is great.
The thing about music is that it can affect your workout. There is almost nothing more motivating than great music. And when I’m trying to run? Music would probably make the whole experience a lot better. I’m not just making this up. There are reliable sources that say music makes exercise easier:
According to Kargeorghis [a sports psychologist at Britain’s Brunel University], there are four factors that contribute to a song’s motivational qualities: rhythm response, musicality, cultural impact and association.
The first two are known as “internal” factors as they relate to the music’s structure while the second two are “external” factors that reflect how we interpret the music. Rhythm response is tied to the beats per minute (bpm) of the song and how well it matches either the cadence or the heartbeat of the runner. A song’s structure such as its melody and harmony contribute to its musicality. The external factors consider our musical background and the preferences we have for a certain genre of music and what we have learned to associate with certain songs and artists.
Syncing beats per minute with an exercise pace increases your efficiency. In a recent study, subjects who cycled in time to music found that they required 7 percent less oxygen to do the same work when compared to music playing in the background. Music can also help block out the little voice in your brain telling you its time to quit. Research shows that this dissociation effect results in a 10 percent reduction in perceived effort during treadmill running at a moderate intensity.
Ah! There is actual science behind all of this! (I know, there are probably studies that say the exact opposite, which is how it always goes.) Music DOES make a difference. And I need some music. So does my friend Candace, which is what sparked this post. She sent me a text asking for YOUR help.
Ask people what music they like to listen to when they run. I need new zoning music.
She needs your suggestions and so do I. I’ll take anything I can get to make trying to run easier and shut up that little “time to quit” voice. It can make it seem 10% easier…. which sounds fabulous. So help us both out.
What do you listen to when you exercise? If you are a runner, what do you listen to? I need your playlists guys!