Everyone will have their own favorite exercise music. These are tracks that would work for them and enable them to exercise a little longer. That is fine for some, but now there are tracks that have been proven to help everyone. If these become a firm part of your sessions, they will be sessions you will look forward to.
Most people will decide that they will begin a new fitness regime for the New Year; so, they will begin to work out in January. Often the good intentions don’t seem to last too long as the hoped-for results are not appearing right away. It is often the case that the choice of music is to blame rather than a lack of effort or motivation.
To make sure that the correct music is selected, sports scientists have been studying the type of music used for specific exercise sessions. Rap has been deemed the best choice if you are running or carrying out stretching maneuvers. This is because it has the right number of beats per minute. If the workout is going to require strength, then it is dance music that should be loaded ready to listen to.
One thing that many people forget about is the need to warm up and then cool down at the end. It is not safe to go straight into the routine and stop while still at the peak. Pop music is best at the beginning and the end while rock music should be missed out. Rock tracks will not be ideal as they change tempo too often and the pace will either be too hard to continue, or too slow as to make the actions pointless as an exercise.
Tracks to Choose
- Getting ready – Roar by Katy Perry. This is one that will let you get in the mood and let you plan what to do throughout the session.
- Stretching – Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo is the track to play while stretching and getting the muscles ready for the onslaught to follow.
- Aerobic warm-up – Get Lucky by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams will help with the final bit of preparation before the work out starts for real.
- Cardio training – Happy by Pharrell Williams is the one that will see you through this stage and take you to the place where the best results will be found.
- Strength training – Jessie J’s It’s My Party is going to help keep going and before long there will be the ability to continue for longer than you thought possible.
- Warm down – Burn by Ellie Goulding is the track to play when the session is over and your body needs to get back to normal.
A large part of the job of the music is to be encouraging. When it seems that you are worn out and cannot carry on, the music can pull you through.
How It Works
Different exercise music will be better suited to certain parts of the work out. An example of this will be when using the treadmill, and waiting for a specific part of a song before increasing the speed and then at a later stage, slowing down and re-charging the batteries ready for the next crescendo. There have been areas where clear guidelines are given, and this covers things such as the need to keep a steady pace and not get involved in high energy moves for too long a period. There are going to be many other songs that will be suitable and once you know the type that works best for you, the start of a fitter lifestyle is at hand.…Read more