When I started going to the gym, music was one of the major reasons for my regularity. Gymming does get boring especially during the cardio training and that is the time where my headphones act like a life saver. If not for the new song tracks in my phone, I might as well stay at home and watch some TV or get into the VR world.
Most of us tend to get lazy when we realize it is time to head out to the gym. But if you are an audiophile, then you have many reasons to hit the gym. It could be the latest Rihanna song or a new track by Calvin Harris, you would definitely hit the gym when you know that you would get to listen to your favorite songs with the best audio quality. So, does listening to music have any benefits other than just dragging you to the gym?
Well, fortunately, it does. Here are a few interesting benefits of listening to music while working out.
1. It gives you the positive vibe
The right track can give you all the positivity you need to kick start your gym session. You might have had a long day at work but playing music through your headphones can help you change your mood in an instant. I have had days when I started out with literally zero interest in going to the gym but after listening to a few beat pumping tracks, I felt that there was a shift in my mood and that really helped me be regular to the gym.
Music has been proven to improve your mood and elevate your interest levels. Once you get into a good mood and are in the right frame of mind, you have the power to perform any set of exercises. So next time you feel down or not in the right mood, keep a playlist prepared in advance to pump in the much-needed positivity.
2. It is a great way to trick your mind
If you are just starting to go to the gym regularly then we all are aware of the inertia that pulls us back making TV, video games and every other distraction look like a much better option. When you put on your headphones and start listening to music then you can trick your mind and make it believe that you love to work out and you want your ass fit like the singer in the song video.
This strategy has worked pretty well with me and we all know that when our favorite track is being played we automatically consider that the entire video is being shot in real time and we are the lead artists in the track. If you haven’t done that ever then I suggest you stop lying to yourself!
3. Increased efforts
Recent studies have found out that when you are playing music with a higher beat or tempo then you start working out faster and train harder. This is no shocker because when you are playing a music you are lost in a train of thoughts and you tend to get distracted from any bodily weariness which causes you to exert more efforts in your workout.
Although, this may seem like a major benefit but it is important that you do not overexert yourself by playing some motivational song and then never return back to the gym. Anything done within limits is a good thing and even when you over exert yourself make sure that you are not causing any kind of injury and always be aware of your body.
4. The beats can control your pace
Believe it or not but listening to music while working out can control your pace of movements. SO if you are on the treadmill you may want to play a track which has faster beats and in the case when you go for weight lifting something with slower beats would be more suitable.
You may not be able to perfectly coordinate your exercises with the beats but having relatively slower beats with weight lifting exercises and accordingly teaming up tracks with cardio will immensely help in getting the best out of your workout sessions.
5. Having Fun
At the end of the day, we must accept that music lets you have fun and enjoy your time. It is really important that we understand that any kind of intense workout is going to be a waste of time if we are not having fun. Initially, you could have various reasons to be motivated to go to the gym but trust me there are really high chances of them fading out slowly.
So, try making every workout session a fun session and team it up with tracks of your choice. Try listening to new tracks and music which gives you the much-needed oomph for your gym sessions. It is important that you have fun while working out and music is a loophole which will let you have some fun.
Important Points to remember
- Do not blast the volume since you might be totally unaware of what is going on in your surroundings and you can even lose track of your count while doing sets and reps.
- If you go out for running for the initial warm up session then make sure that you lower the volume and be aware of your surroundings all the time to avoid mishaps.
- Music does help you while working out but do take precautions to stay safe and never compromise on your safety.
After a whole bunch of serious pointers, let us lighten the mood by a nice soundtrack, LOL.
Do let me know if music helps you get your ass in the gym and how much you love your headphones for that! In the case you want to share your experiences then go ahead and write them here in the comment section below.