Let’s Get Physical

on Jun 15, 2017 in Blog

Benefits of Music & Exercise

We have brought in the music professional, Glyde Productions with DJ Ralph for our Mega Mixer – Fit + Sip this Friday, June 23rd. In the spirit of this event, we have dug a little deeper to see why it is music gets us up and moving! – Here’s what we’ve learned!

 

Why is music so effective?

Music can be just as important as your fitness routine when it comes to reaching your goals. The benefits of listening to music range from increased motivation and energy to releasing “feel good” chemicals such as dopamine and opioids. Basically, the scientific explanation for Bob Marley’s lyric,” One good thing about music, is that when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

 

How are songs responsible for bringing the “good vibes” to the forefront of both the mind and body?

We’ve all experienced that moment when your song comes on and the gym feels more like the first row to your favorite concert. This is when you’re officially in the zone. Pulsing to the beat of a familiar song may seem a little obvious for boosting your fitness experience – but let’s go a little deeper, like biologically. Songs evoke familiar positive feelings says,” Nina Kraus, a professor of neurobiology at Northwestern University in Illinois, who studies the effects of music on the nervous system.’Humans and songbirds’ are the only creatures ‘that automatically feel the beat’ of a song, she said. The human heart wants to synchronize to the music….” The New York Times, Does Music Make You Exercise Harder? (Another great read) Music can be in-tune with your body in ways that are physically obvious and yet an innate connection we just feel.

 

Tempo: Channel your inner-DJ

Our bodies want to be on beat with the song’s tempo. This sets the workout pace and enhances your mood to feel less tired.When considering what songs to choose, think:

  • Choose songs that mirror your heart rate.
    • Costas Karageorghis, who has studied the effects of music on exercise, suggests to look for the,”sweet spots, in terms of temp, between 120 and 140 beats per minute,” WebMD, Mind and Your Workout
  • Music that is too fast can have an adverse effect to setting your workout pace.
  • Choose songs with energy.
    • Upbeat songs can distract your brain with an elevating side effect that helps mentally push through road blockers such as side cramp in the midst of a workout.

 

Test-drive the music + fitness phenomena

If you’re feeling major playlist-pressure, source new inspiration at our Mega Mixer – Fit + Sip Friday, June 23rd at 5:30 pm hosted by Sculpt Studio located: 4900 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 Click here for more information and we hope to see you there!

(Oh and did we mention Sculpt Studio will be hosting a complimentary wine tasting after the workout)

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