A wealth of scientific study supports the claim that music enhances performance, having a beneficial influence on mental and physiological outcomes during exercise. What is even more interesting is they type of music you choose – fast paced metal or slower, calm jazz – can affect your body in different ways.
We all know what its like to find flow, a highly sought-after state of emotionless bliss where everything seems to embrace the simplicity of pure focus. It’s zen. It’s powerful. Music is one of those “ergogenic aids” that actually promotes reaching these moments in time and mental balance. (For more on the psychology of flow, check out this cool article.)
Music can also promote increased caloric burn and a decreased sense of pain. Furthermore, listening to higher-tempo music before you exercise (think: high school pep-rally “Eye of the Tiger”) can boost positive thought and motivation which inevitably leads to better focus during activity. All of these benefits can enhance endurance and/or power output.
Why not crank up the tunes! Are you interested in learning more? Be sure to check out our article written exclusively for Singletracks.com: Turn It Up! How Music Enhances Your Shred.
We’ve even included a playlist comprised of songs recommended by our readers!
That being said, enjoy some Metallica!