Keeping the Beat

Keeping the Beat
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Fitness experts have found that listening to upbeat music while exercising will help you get more from your workout. Particularly for aerobic workouts, music is a powerful motivator.

Perhaps the most common use for music is as a diversion to take your mind off the fact that you’re exercising. The music distracts you from fatigue, allowing you to focus on your exercise. Listening to music has the potential to improve your mood, too. That positive mood means you may associate enjoyment with exercise and be more likely to try it again.

Enhance Your Skills

We Got The Beat

Research shows the rhythmic qualities of music tend to mimic patterns of physical skills. Therefore, music can enhance how quickly you pick up new movements and motion skills. For those who feel they were born with two left feet, music might make you more coordinated by helping to execute the stepping with less confusion.


Listening to the right kind of music can add an extra dimension to your workout. For example, many competitive athletes wear headphones before they race. Some of them are listening to fast-paced music to get their adrenaline flowing and get excited for the upcoming competition, while others are listening to slower-paced music to calm anxiety or nervousness.

How do You Choose Music?

This first depends on the intensity of the aerobic exercise chosen. The number of times the heart beats per minute, or BPM, needs to be consistent with the tempo or speed of the activity. For example, if you are swimming using the breaststroke at a rate of 100 strokes per minute, consider music that plays at 100 beats per minute. Or you could choose music that plays at 120 beats per minute and swim at one stroke every two beats, for a swimming speed of 60 strokes per minute.

Music can also be “programmed” to progress from warm-up to target heart rate and back to a cool-down resting pace to close. Warm-ups provide oxygen to muscles; reduce soreness and risk of injury. Cool-down allows blood to be pumped back up to your heart and brain.

Benifits of Aerobic Exercise
Aerobics for the Heart
High Impact Exercise
Free Aerobic Activities
Forms of Aerobic Exercises

Training for an activity can be empowering. Learning to do something new, training hard, and coming across the finish line or riding up that big hill can give us a wonderful sense of accomplishment. The process allows us to access places in ourselves that our normal day- to- day comfort zone usually doesn’t touch. Training can be humbling for nearly the same reasons – learning something new and training hard forces us to be beginners again, and as adults this can sometimes be a difficult place to be in.

1 Comment on “Keeping the Beat

  1. I’ve been listening to 90s techno when I workout. I can’t think of anything better to get my heart pumping and body moving!

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