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Make your Exercise Enjoyable with Workout Headphones

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Modern workout attire doesn’t just include shorts and a baggy T-shirt anymore. There is one accessory that is making its way into more gyms and onto more bicycle routes and running tracks—workout headphones.

But did you know that listening to music doesn’t just make your workout experience more enjoyable, it also makes it more effective?

Psychologists have conducted multiple studies on the relationship between listening to music and working out, and the results are impressive, although anyone who listens to music while working out may not be surprised to hear that the effects are beneficial. Listening to music can actually modify your body’s performance, increasing your endurance and efficiency.

The music is actually considered to function like a performance-enhancing drug

In fact, the national governing body for distance running, USA Track & Field, has actually banned the use of portable music players forheadphones for running athletes who are competing for awards or money. Their ruling is designed to ensure safety, but also to prevent athletes from developing an edge over their opponents.

But what is it about music that makes it such an effective workout aid?

There are multiple aspects of music that play a part in your body’s response to it. Certain songs are going to have associations—either memories or emotions—that can impact your body. Influencing your emotional state can have a direct impact on your body’s motivation.

Further, music can distract you from muscle pain and fatigue, it can reduce your perceived effort, and it can elevate your mood—but it can also do something else: it can increase your endurance, and it may even be able to promote your metabolic efficiency.

The key is rhythm

A lot of studies have been conducted to determine the precise relationship between rhythm and the body; however, rhythm is a technique that has been employed in some respect for centuries. Before writing became more easily accessible, rhythm was used in storytelling to help with memory and recall. Theorists have also looked into the fact that some of the most popular and well-known poetic writing styles follow a meter that matches itself to the rhythm of footsteps. There is a clear psychological link between the body and rhythm, something psychologists refer to as rhythm response: the human instinct to synchronize music and expression with the rhythm of the music (we nod our heads, tap our toes to the beat, break out in dance, and even sync our body movements to it in the exercise).

Synchrony, that instinct to synchronize your movements to the rhythm you are hearing, may even help your body use its energy more efficiently

It has been suggested that moving to a regular rhythm—whether or not your movements follow that rhythm exactly—means your body doesn’t have to work as hard; it doesn’t have to make as many adjustments to coordinate its movements when it is following the external cues of the music. Studies have even shown athletes who cycled to music require 7% less oxygen than cyclists who did not listen to background music. Music helps you to maintain a steady pace, allowing you to reduce false steps and decrease your overall use of energy.

Here at iPanda Electronics, we know how important music and efficiency are to your workout regime, so whether you are cycling, running, or lifting weights, make your exercise more enjoyable—and more efficient—with our workout headphones.