The benefits of using classical music in your workout mix

June 29, 2022

We have been investigating this issue utilizing various scientific techniques. However, more recently, we have been thinking about the advantages of classical music as an auditory aid to exercise. As a genre, it is simple to understand why classical music appears to be overlooked in terms of people's choice of workout soundtrack. Up until this point, the majority of our focus had been on various forms of popular music, including rock, dance, hip-hop, and R&B. It frequently lacks a rhythmic "groove," and when words are there, they might be difficult to follow. Nevertheless, many compositions from the classical repertoire have an innate and timeless beauty that might justify their usage. Think of the poignancy of Puccini's Madame Butterfly or the dazzling majesty of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

So how can we take advantage of the beauty of such music during a workout by utilizing the sonic highs and lows? First, we must comprehend the potential advantages of music in the context of physical activity. Workout music's function is to reduce discomfort, boost mood, and maybe shorten the duration of the workout. Music's "dissociative effects," as described by scientists, help to divert attention from internal signs of exhaustion. Our group's most recent neuroimaging research demonstrates that music has the ability to decrease exercise consciousness, or more simply, the brain regions that signal weariness, communicate less when music is playing.

Additionally, even at very high levels of work intensity, music cannot lessen an exerciser's experience of exertion, but it can still have an impact on mood-related brain regions up until the point of voluntary fatigue. As a result, while a beautiful composition, like the William Tell Overture's finale, won't change how your lungs feel while you're on the treadmill, it may change how you feel it. In essence, enjoyable music can influence how one perceives exhaustion and improve the exercise experience.

Classically trained

During their daily runs, some of our team members frequently listen to classical music. We have found that listening to classical music while jogging stimulates the mind and generally improves the experience. This is especially true when running through beautiful scenery, although it's possible that classical music works best before or right after exercise. Its primary goals during pre-exercise are to increase energy, evoke good thoughts, and motivate movement. Songs like Vangelis' Chariots of Fire, which serves as the movie's theme song and has a recognizable cinematic connection to glory, can work particularly well.

The music should be comforting and energizing for a post-workout use in order to hasten the body's return to a resting state. Erik Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1 is a classic piano solo that envelops the listener and gives exhausted muscles a sound massage. To choose classical music for exercise that maximizes your results, it's vital to consider the amount of energy used throughout various training segments. The session will begin with a relatively low intensity warm-up and stretching, increase progressively to a heart-pounding apex, and conclude with a warm-down and rejuvenation break.

The optimal music choice for a training session should correspond to the energy consumption (see the list below for some suggestions). Additionally, a particular piece could be saved for the hardest parts of the workout, such as high-intensity cardio. In the end, we must all determine for ourselves whether or not classical music and exercise are a suitable combination because musical taste is very individual. But why not change things up a bit? Consider switching up the music to keep yourself moving. Variety in exercise keeps us energized and alert. Put some Ravel in place of the party music, and some lovely Beethoven in place of the breakbeat.

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