Have you ever noticed that working out becomes so much easier when you are listening to the right music?
One moment you’re feeling low on energy, and the next, you’re feeling on top of the world. You’re pumped to make this workout your workout of the week and maybe even create some new personal bests.
Well, if you’ve ever felt that, you should keep on using music to your advantage. Why? Because there is a large body of scientific evidence supporting the notion that music helps us to improve workouts!
Music improves our performance, one beat at a time
Have you ever felt a little down or negative before going for a run? If you have, make sure that you have your iPod on your next run! Various studies have shown that music actually helps us to run happier, faster and longer.
Music motivates us to exercise to the edge of our limits
It can be difficult to push out that last set, or even that last rep, when the only thing pushing you is your very own mind. This is one of the reasons why people tap out before they have even reached their limits. Music however, has a strong effect on our mood and can lift our spirits to overcome our mental barriers. If you need that little bit more energy, listen to energetic music. The more energetic, the better.
Get the right beats for your workouts
You’ve probably heard of Spotify – the digital music service which has an all-encompassing music library. But have you heard of Spotify Running? Spotify Running recognises your running pace and creates a playlist that is not only designed for running, but designed for you.
Nike+ enables you to link your shoes with their running app and access various workouts and running speeds. Make sure you have the right pair of Nike shoes though, or else you won’t be able to link them!
This little smartphone app professes to provide The Best Running Music in the World™. RockMyRun does this by adjusting the tempo of promotional running mixes, which have been designed by professional DJs, to match your pace or motivate you to push harder.
Not into the streaming phenomenon? Get more out of your iTunes library with Tangerine - an app that creates tempo-based playlists determined by the beats per minute (BPM) and beat intensity of the songs that you already have.
Zombies Run Game
If you’re a fan of horror movies, the Zombies Run Game is for you. According to their website, “Only a few have survived the zombie epidemic. You are a Runner en-route to one of humanity’s last remaining outposts. They need your help to gather supplies, rescue survivors, and defend their home. And you have another mission — one they don’t know about...” As you start running, your mission and music will be played to you through your headphones. And if you're chased by zombies, you have to run faster! Sounds fun, right?
DIY (Do It Yourself)
If you’re not into all the new and fancy technology, just go old school and create your own playlist. Avoid the Walkman though - it’s a little too old school to go running with!