Music has an uncanny ability to change our mood. It can fill us with energy, calm us down and, for some people, move us to tears. This can be used to our benefit when we are trying to calm down at night to go to sleep or to supercharge a party that would otherwise move pretty slowly. The same thing can be said about music’s ability to boost your motivation levels when you’re working out.
Using Motivational Music to Break the Monotony
When you’re repeating similar routines throughout the week, it can get boring over time. Unless you’re talking with a friend, you might find that there are times that your drive to keep going at full force can wane. Loading your playlist with motivational music on your phone or even on your old MP3 player can be an important step to keep you moving.
This is because it can make all the difference not only in easing your boredom and boosting your drive. It can help the time to pass more smoothly so you don’t find yourself feeling every passing second. At the same time, the right motivational music will also help you to make sure that you’re pushing forward at your very best.
An All-Natural Performance Enhancer
Motivational music has an unparalleled ability to increase your physical and mental performance throughout the entire length of a workout. There are very few things that can make the same difference and keep you going each day that you’re hitting the gym.
This isn’t just the type of advice that a friend or even the trainer would give you. Many scientific studies are even supporting the claims that music not only boosts an individual’s motivation while exercising, but that it also enhances endurance, strength, and even motor coordination.
When you’re just not feeling it, popping on the headphones with the right tunes can get you through the whole routine without a second thought as to whether or not you want to do it. At the same time that it is helping you to forget all about your fatigue, it also drives your muscles and your heart.
How to Use Motivational Music to Its Fullest
To start, the trick is to remember to bring your phone (and its pre-chosen playlists) with you every time you work out. Make sure that the playlist you choose actually contains motivational music. Don’t just look for playlists with that label. Scan through them to be sure that they work for you. After all, tunes that drive someone else may not do it for you. Use the following tips to help you to make the right choices:
- Keep yourself entertained. Make sure that you like the music that is being played and that the songs provide a variety of different styles and sounds. Avoid creating a playlist – or choosing one that has been premade – that contains a list of songs that could all be mistaken for one another. Remember that one of your goals is to break from monotony, not to assure it.
- Keep it upbeat. You need to play music that will get your body moving and your adrenaline running. Recent research has shown that music with a faster rhythm will get you moving more than slower tunes, even if you enjoy the slow stuff. You’re not going to get pumped up from calming yoga and meditation music. Chose something that has a fast beat that pushes you forward to move.
- Choose a rhythm you can maintain. Try to pick songs that have a rhythm that you will want to match in your movements. We naturally try to move to the beat of music. If the rhythm you choose is too fast or too slow, you could hurt your performance. Pay attention to the speed of your tunes.
Once you get really good at it, you’ll be able to add some songs with slower rhythms to the start and end as you warm into – and cool down from – your workout, and faster songs to keep you going through the core of your exercises. If you’re doing H.I.I.T., you’ll do well to choose songs (or song segments) with the right lengths and rhythms to match your interval timing and speed.
Keep Your Motivational Music Fresh
Some songs pump you up and always will. They’re the perfect motivational music for you. At the same time, there are others that are great for a while, but that lose their oomph after a while. For this reason, it’s important to keep your playlist fresh. Regularly update it by taking out songs that have served their purpose and replacing them with new ones you know will help you get your heart pumping.