Earphones on; World off
Music has such a powerful effect on the human body and mind. It can even affect your gym progress, mood, and motivation.
A bunch of people use music while doing their favourite activities if possible. It's fun to get some kind of motivation out of background sounds, or maybe get so drawn into the music that you leave this world and dive right into your own.
Running can get old and boring, so does the elliptical and the steps. Yet, by only changing your music playlist, you can open new horizons to your workout. In fact, preparing your playlist before hitting the gym or going for a run can get you hyped. I mean, you'll get to listen to the songs you chose yourself in a particular order that'll make everything better.
It can also help you time your workout. Because you create your own playlist, you can make it so that it lasts exactly one hour. I personally have a playlist for every sets of muscles. Of instance, I have a song list for shoulders, for legs, for back, ans so on. Some exercises are more intense than others so it's up to you to inject the good kind of music right into your brain and make that body do incredible stuff.
If you like techno music, or any music that has a constant beat, you really should consider finding a huge set, plug it into your ears and run like never before. It's fun to run following a beat since it gives you a progression feeling as the music advance. It can also help you keep a good rhythm unless you're doing HIIT. Studies say that listening to music that has 120 to 140 BPM (beats per minutes) has remarkable positive effects on workouts.
Other music styles like metal, hard rock, dubstep and hiphop can add a huge boost to your entire workout, especially your first rep. Indeed, waiting for a drop can give you such an amazing set start, you won't believe it. As music throws decibels onto your eardrums, you get this amazing feeling of invincibility often called...
It might sound cheesy and over-used but it truly IS something. Believe it or not, there is an actual science behind it. You brain associate certain songs with memories. This is why some songs will have such a powerful effect on you. Some sounds can give you goosebumps, make you cry, draw a smile onto your pretty face. And if you happen to find a song that makes you feel powerful, that motivates you, then put it top-list in your music player. It has been shown that listening to a certain song can dramatically increase your will.
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Gym is for plenty of people a way to disconnect and be with themselves. While working out is a physical activity, it's also a strong mental therapy. Wearing earphones in a gym often means "I'm not here to socialize" which is not a bad thing. Many people get distracted because of surrounding noises and people screaming their lungs out on benches. Diving into your favourite songs will most likely make you ignore these people and help you concentrate on yourself, on your posture, on your form.
Too lazy to make your own playlists? Not a problem. Internet is full of free services providing music, and some of them even give you preloaded playlists designed for workouts. Songza, Soundcloud, Jango, Spotify, Slacker, Live365, Grooveshark. All of these offer free music streaming, and most of them have an iOS, Android and Windows app that lets you bring the magic anywhere you want.
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