One of the simplest ways to increase your athletic performance is to listen to music. If you work out at Fit One Four, you know music is a big component of our space. Your playlist can affect your energy level and the quality of your workout.
Believe your workout is better when you are listening to your playlist? You are probably right. Whether you call it getting in the zone or finding the flow, science has proven that music helps you connect your mind and body which improves focus during your workout for a better performance.
Choosing music that makes us feel motivated and energized during exercise is something we do without much thought. However, our brains are heavily involved. Music has a rhythm and so does your brain. Dr. Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist who has conducted numerous studies on how music affects the brain, offers this explanation.
The brain’s neurons can even synchronize with the tempo of music. Depending on the tempo, this synchronization can help you to perform repetitive motions, such as running, more quickly.
MUSIC ON YOUR PLAYLIST & YOUR WORKOUT
If you are lucky enough to be able to get to the state of flow, you are experiencing the total mind, body connection. Flow is an altered mental state of awareness, where the mind is 100% focused on a single task, like breathing, and the body follows along effortlessly. Music promotes internal motivation and can actually help you achieve flow by giving you a repetitive beat to focus on.
Another possible explanation as to why we feel more in the zone when listening to music, is that it is a distraction, leading our minds away from feelings of fatigue that creep up during exercise. In terms of muscle strength, the music that motivates us can lead to bursts of intensity. This increases your work capacity and can bring about ultra-high levels of explosive power, strength, and productivity.
What does all this mean? It means music is awesome and is the perfect addition to your routine.
10 SONGS ON OUR PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW
There is no one playlist for everyone. Just like the workout you choose is personal, so is your choice in music. We have thousands of songs that build our gym playlist, but these are 10 to get you started.
- Boom, P.O.D.
- Survival, Eminem
- Monster, Mad Child
- My Nemesis, Five Finger Death Punch
- Been to Hell, Hollywood Undead
- Super Massive Black Hole, Muse
- Now That We’re Dead, Metallica
- Born For Greatness, Papa Roach
- Hard Came the Rain, Rag’n’Bone Man
- Whatever it Takes, Imagine Dragons
Play on, playlist.