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Music to Enhance Your Workout: Tips for the Perfect Playlist
Posted By Tamara Grand On January 14, 2013 @ 6:15 pm In Fitness | 5 Comments
Regular exercisers know that music  can make or break a workout. Listening to the right playlist during exercise can motivate you to work longer and at a higher intensity. It can make the workout seem easier and leave you feeling great afterwards. It can reduce perceptions of fatigue and improve performance. Choose the wrong playlist or forget to charge your MP3 player? You might as well go home now!
While we all recognize the ‘right’ music when we hear it, choosing an hour’s worth of workout-friendly selections isn’t as easy as it sounds. Is fast better than slow? Strong rhythms preferential to weak? Are lyrics important? What about musical genre? And how about bass?
Scientists recognize two primary types of effects that can occur as a response to listening to music while exercising : motivational effects and ergogenic, or work-enhancing, effects. Motivational effects consist of both psychological and psychophysical responses.
Listening to asynchronous music (i.e., background music  to which movements are not consciously synchronized) in the gym or during low-to-moderate intensity exercise:
Exercising to synchronous music (i.e, music to which movement is synchronized, as in a step aerobics or indoor cycling class)
In either case, choosing music with motivational or uplifting lyrics can further enhance the positive feelings associated with exercise, elevating your mood  not just during the workout, but before you start and well after you leave the gym.
Motivational responses to music (both synchronous and asynchronous) can, in turn, promote ergogenic, or work-enhancing, effects. For example,
Use these tips to create your personal power playlist. An inexpensive, enjoyable and completely legal way to enhance your athletic performance!
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 elevating your mood: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/how-exercise-food-can-change-your-mood/
 step aerobics: http://www.gaiamtv.com/video/firm-classic-not-so-tough-aerobics?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
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 positive motivational message: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/time-to-make-a-change/
 Sculpting playlist from The FIRM Master Instructor Nancy Butts: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/my-sculpting-workout-playlist/
 Fitness instructor Teri Ann Krefting’s favorite cardio playlist: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/music-to-sweat-to-your-workout-playlist/
 Yoga blogger Dionne Elizabeths’s heart-opening Spotify playlist: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/the-forbidden-city-of-the-heart-and-how-to-open-it-with-yoga/
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