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Music for Fitness – Yes, Quietly

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Music Gives an Energy Boost
Research indicates that listening to music while exercising enables people to work out longer before feeling exhausted. Men increased their time by 30 percent, women by 25 percent, before exhaustion set in. Most listened to rock ‘n’ roll. Researchers believe that is nothing magic about rock music; the important thing is to pick music that is enjoyable. The researchers did not discover new music-muscle connections but, rather, came to the conclusion that this effect is most likely due to the music’s ability to distract.

Rhythm Helps Efficiency

By concentrating on a rhythm, sports specialists say, you accelerate the process of mastering a sport and help your body discover the best biomechanical way to move. Your body, when you listen to music, moves with greater efficiency and synchronization. This causes less muscle contraction. Consequently, your joints are more stable and the risk of injury decreases.

Music Helps Pain
A rehabilitation specialist in Eugene, Oregon, uses music to help people recovering from injuries. He says, “Musical rhythms tap into our more primitive brain centers and act to override some of the conscious centers that control pain and fatigue.”

Watch the Volume
Note that fitness experts say you double your risk of permanent hearing loss when you work out with headphones. The reason for this is that aerobic activities–such as brisk walking and running–force the body to divert blood from the ears and direct it to the legs, arms, and heart. This abnormal blood flow makes the hair cells in the ear more vulnerable to sound. In other words, exercise and music are a great pair–quietly.

Adapted from The Power of Sound, by Joshua

Leeds (Healing Arts Press, 2001).

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