November 11, 2009
If you're like me, you prefer to run to music. Somehow, having upbeat tunes makes exercising easier for me. New research shows that listening to music while you exercise actually increases your endurance, make you run more efficiently, and reduce perceived effort.
A study published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology found that running in time with a song that had 125 beats per minute (bpm) helped increase endurance by 15 percent.
Costas Karageorghis, a sports psychologist at Britain's Brunel University, has found that people gravitate toward music that matches their heart rate (beats per minute). There are nifty tools to help you create your favorite workout playlists:
Try sorting out your list of favorite workout songs and then downloading Tangerine, a program that helps you create exercise playlists by analyzing the bpm and beat intensity of your own music. If you're wary of downloads, visit JogTunes.com, a Web site that allows you to search music by bpm, genre and artist.
Posted by linda at November 11, 2009 5:10 PM
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