Jog To The Beat: Music Increases Exercise Endurance By 15%
University’s School of Sport and Education has reveals that,
according to Dr. Costas Karageorghis’s latest research, carefully
selected music can significantly increase a person’s physical
endurance and make the experience of cardiovascular exercise far more
due to be published in the U.S. periodical Journal of Sport &
Exercise Psychology, is the latest from a 20-year program of work into
the motivational qualities of music in sport and exercise. The findings
illustrate the considerable benefits associated with exercising in time
to music: something that some elite athletes have been doing for years.
participants exercised on a treadmill while listening to a selection of
motivational rock or pop music, including tracks by Queen, the Red Hot
Chilli Peppers and Madonna. They were asked to keep in strict time with
the beat. The findings show that when carefully selected according to
scientific principles, music can enhance endurance by 15% and improve
the ‘feeling states’ of exercisers, helping them to derive
much greater pleasure from the task. One significant new finding is
that music can help exercisers to feel more positive even when they are
working out at a very high intensity – close to physical
Karageorghis’s latest research findings are particularly
noteworthy for public health practitioners, given that treadmill-based
exercise such as walking and running is often incorporated into the
rehabilitation programs of those in a primary care settings (e.g.
cardiac patients and those suffering from obesity). Music has the power
to make a considerable impact in the fight against public inactivity.
Moreover, the effects of music on mood and emotions open up the
possibility that it can be used to improve compliance to exercise and
therefore help people achieve their long-term health and fitness goals.
synchronous application of music resulted in much higher endurance
while the motivational qualities of the music impacted significantly on
the interpretation of fatigue symptoms right up to the point of
voluntary exhaustion," said Dr. Karageorghis.
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