Which Beat do you listen to when exercising?

In today’s New York Times, “the playlist fixation has a scientific basis: Studies have shown that listening to music during exercise can improve results, both in terms of being a motivator

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(people exercise longer and more vigorously to music) and as a distraction from negatives like fatigue.”

Are certain songs more effective than others?

A lot of information has been compiled, including lists and recommendations on which songs are the best motivators while exercising. Music with a tempo of 120-140 beats-per-minute, which is close to an exercising heartbeat have been found to be the most effective, commonly found in most commercial dance music and many rock songs.

“For a stroll walker going at a pace of around 3 miles an hour, a remixed track has a count of 115 to 118 B.P.M.; for a power walker going 4.5 M.P.H., the count is 137 to 139 B.P.M., while the B.P.M. for a runner elevates to 147 to 160.”

Many different forms of music work, with some favorites being “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” by the Black Eyed Peas (130 B.P.M.), “Mr. Brightside” by the Killers (150 B.P.M.), and “Dancing Queen” by Abba.

“The compilations, aimed largely at women doing cardio, with titles like “Shape Walk — 70’s Hits Remixed,” contain no pauses between songs. That unwavering beat allows a person to synchronize their movements to the music, something that Kate Gfeller, a music professor at the University of Iowa, said is crucial. “It helps you to move more efficiently, which, in turn, can help you with endurance.” (She likes to warm-up for figure skating to the Buena Vista Social Club, in particular the songs “Candela” and “El Cuarto de Tula.”)”

And the all time top song to exercise by?

“Gonna Fly Now,” the theme from “Rocky.” “The band from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn has set up along the New York City Marathon route and performed the “Rocky” theme for runners each race day for the last 30 years.”

Iowa Avenue’s resident Dietician has her own playlist of songs that she likes to dance and exercise to—so the great thing about this is that you are free to create a playlist that you want and like while working out. It could even be Chopin, Miles Davis, Rhianna, Led Zeppelin, or Billy Ray Cyrus.

The choice is yours to make—I put this post up to share with everybody that exercising doesn’t have to be boring.

Since I don’t have an MP3 player, I’m not familiar with how to download songs. (Legally, of course) So I’m sure many of our member could enlighten the rest of us…………………….:)

If you’re close to a computer with you exercise, here’s a great site for creating your own playlist without an MP3 player: finetune.

Now, one for the money, two for the show, three for the music, and four to go, because

After all, it’s about a healthy lifestyle!

© Iowa Avenue

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