The margins between success and failure are very fine when it comes to exercise. So, a motivational song can be just the boost you need to maximise performance, keep your heart pumping and stay in the zone.
Music’s ability to give you the edge during a workout has been extensively proven. A study from Dr Costas Karageorghis, reader of sports psychology at Brunel University, shows that carefully-selected music reduces the perceptions of exertion by up to 12% and improves the beneficial exercise effects by up to 15%.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons behind these statistics is that listening to music releases the feel-good chemical dopamine into the brain. Dopamine boosts mood, increases motivation, improves concentration and removes feelings of discomfort and fatigue. To get the best dopamine rush, your summer workout songs should match the power, intensity and speed of your exercises. That’s where Beats Per Minute (BPM) comes in.
The role of tempo
The easiest way to work out BPM is to tap your fingers or feet to the tempo of a song, in other words whenever you hear a beat. So, if you were listening to a song with a consistent tempo and you counted 25 beats in 15 seconds, this song would have 100 BPM.
Everyone will have different preferences when it comes to the tempo of their workout songs, depending on the type of exercise they’re doing and what they’re trying to get out of it. Generally, there is a current trend towards tracks with lower beats per minute to start a workout.
However, as a workout playlist goes on, the songs should get gradually faster to increase speed and power and boost your client’s heart rate. The BPM will start to drop off around three quarters of the way through, with the idea that a drop-down in tempo reflects a decrease in intensity and the beginning of your warm-down.
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