Working Out To Music Can Burn More Calories! Seriously? Well it has more to do with the fact that music puts you in a mood to exercise longer and motivates you to a more effective workout. Studies have shown that listening to music during exercise can serve as a distraction from negatives like fatigue thus intensifying a workout. It’s not a surprise that programs like Jazzercise, Zumba and other similar programs are becoming very popular since they all incorporate music. I used to be an extreme fitness buff a few years back , making sure I exercised and lifted weights everyday. This was when I worked a more flexible schedule and had more time in the day. Lately however, especially over the last 2 years, thanks to a hectic work schedule and a million other demands I have found it extremely difficult to workout in a regular exercise routine. This left me carrying more pounds than I would like ! Lately I have been inspired by one of my friends and a fellow foodie blogger Sarah from Crispy Burnt Ends & Bits who does the Chalean everyday ! She is my exercise buddy and with her cheering me on, I have committed myself to working out at-least 4-5 times/week. So far I have been able to stick to this, but I must have my music. If my android or iPod run out of charge I skip my exercise. Seriously! No motivation to exercise without music. So I fully support the fact that music is the key to making people like myself exercise better and more consistently! And if you have a playlist! Even better.
Some reasons to dance or exercise to the music !!
- Working out to your favorite playlist can help you go on up to 30 percent longer, thus helping you burn more calories.
- Music blocks fatigue, produces feelings of vigor, and helps you keep pace by synchronizing your movements.
- Music can affect brain wave patterns, meaning, more energy!
- Music improves exercise endurance
- Music puts you in a more positive mood (often an outcome of working out in general), which is also beneficial to your health.
- If you listen to music while exercising, your brain will probably work better too. Check out this study !
What music should you dance to ?
Fitness experts have confirmed that pumping up the volume increases exercise endurance and performance. Research has also discovered that particular types of music increase endurance more than other. The ‘Run to the Beat’ London half marathon featured a number of music stations along the route, with tracks scientifically selected to help runners achieve their maximum potential.
If you’re a gym rat, some gyms play upbeat music in the background, which you may or may not enjoy. So instead, take your own music. Create your own exercise mix to listen to. The music can be used to motivate and to cue you throughout the workout. Running on the treadmill? Use songs to set and change your pace. You can create your playlist so it has a slow song to warm up to, an up-tempo one for the actual workout and then another slow one for the cool down. Match the songs to the type of workout you want to participate in. If you want a list of recommended playlist by Fitness magazine, click here !
Some useful phone apps
Pandora iPhone and Android App : Lets you plays music you’ll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a custom “station” that plays similar music. Free app.
Rhapsody to go : This is what I use. For $20.00 / yr I create my own playlists that I can play off my droid, PC or Mac.
For a list of some other useful music apps, click here !
What works for me !
I need music to work out, so I have a couple of playlists. I have a 20 minute, 30 minute and 40 minute workout playlist. I just go with songs that grab me ! I start with slow numbers like ”On my way” by Phil Collins, then faster numbers like “I’ve been everywhere man ” by Johnny Cash and end up with numbers like “ Hey Jude ” By The Beatles ( Don’t laugh) ! I love the oldies ! And then there are songs like “ Turn Up The Music. How You Live” by Point of Grace that just make me want to break into dance and live ! What am trying to say is : create a playlist that works for you !! One that will get you motivated to work out longer ! If you want a great list of post workout snacks click here !
Do you use playlists ? Do you have any favorite songs you like to workout to ? Do share ! Would love to hear from you !