About two decades ago, Richard Simmons released a home video entitled “SWEATING TO THE OLDIES” which was a relatively simple concept: aerobic exercises were accompanied to classic rock and roll songs. The idea was that music would make you get into a serious workout mood. The video was a huge hit for a good reason: Music can be enormously helpful when you’re looking to shed a few pounds.
The Psychological Factor
Exercise is not just a physical activity. There is a huge psychological component to whether or not you succeed with a particular weight loss plan. If you’re sluggish or lacking in motivation, you’ll probably not want to workout at a low intensity much less a high intensity one. This is where something such as music comes into play. The psychological benefit of music is that it will “hype” you up so that you’ll be more interested and motivated to do the workout.
Actually…music can do more than just lead you to perform. It can aid in getting you to workout harder if the tempo of the music is engaging enough. Also, if it’s a long mix of songs, you could work out for the entire CD rather than just for a few minutes. And, of course, the longer you work out the more calories you’ll burn - That’s just the way the biology of the human body works.
There is also an experiential component to working out to music. We often select music because it puts us into a preferable state of mind. Often, music will work on the subconscious levels of the mind. This is what can lead to a person getting into a particular zone of consciousness. This zone can make the conscious mind less aware of the physical activities you take part in. As a result, burnout, boredom, and fatigue don’t play as much of a role as they sometimes do when you want to work out. Once again, in order to get the most out of your workout, it needs to be fun and exciting. If it becomes mentally dull and dreary, the workout simply is not going to be something you stick with.
The Motivational Factor
One thing that you need to understand if you’re new to exercise is that you need motivation. You may have motivation to start but your motivation to stick with things may end up being shattered by a bunch of factors. Music helps maintain this motivation due to the many positive components it brings to a workout session. That’s why you’ll notice gyms and fitness centers playing CDs of current top 40 hits when you enter their doors. Music has significant benefit if you’re looking to stick with an exercise program. That’s why so many personal trainers and group exercise instructors employ it in their sessions. And, of course, the other added benefit to integrating music into a workout session is that it aids in making the process quite fun.
Below is a short clip of my top 3 cardio songs on my ipod (totally random so don’t judge me..hehe)…What are your favorite workout tunes?