Fitness Holidays: How Music Influences Your Workout

How Can Music Affect Your Fitness Training?

Fitness training is rewarding and able to provide a number of health benefits; however, are you aware that the addition of music has been shown to increase your physical performance level by as much as 15 per cent during exercise? Additionally, music can help break up any monotony that may otherwise cause boredom and result in lost motivation.

What Types of Music Should You Listen To?

This is a very subjective question and still, most enthusiasts enjoy tunes that are associated with good memories or provide a motivational edge. From classical pieces to modern rock, personal preferences can have a massive impact on one’s performance. In other words, choose any type of music that is associated with energy and positivity.

What is the Best Playlist When Enjoying a Fitness Holiday?

Ideally, any playlist should contain familiar pieces as well as some music that you may not have listened to in the past. The previously known selections are able to offer a taste of home; ideal if you are in an unfamiliar environment and newer choices can be used when you return to your normal routine, as they will provide memories of your relaxing and rewarding fitness holidays.

Other Considerations

Many studies have found that listening to music will put you in the “zone” to achieve remarkable results and yet, there are a few other concerns to keep in mind. It is a good idea to invest in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, as these help to eliminate external distractions. Should you enjoy cross-country running or bicycling, a music player that can stand up to wear and tear and outdoor weather is also highly recommended. Finally, never forget to vary the selection from time to time. This is the best way to enjoy a bit of variety while staying fit and healthy.

Sources:

Running with music: the case for and against, The Guardian
7 Reasons You Should Listen To Music When You Work Out, The Huffington Post

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