Hello, Playmakers community! We are back and wanted to talk about a topic we all love, music. Whether you’re running, walking, jogging, or any other type of movement, music can play a large role in your workout.
For me, before I hit a high-intensity section of my workout Pitbull or Beyonce must be playing, the fast beats and general positivity of their music gets my body through. This is actually very common with faster music. During times of greater fatigue, this type of music directs our attention away from the physical challenge at hand and towards the music, lowering our perceived exertion (RPE) and aiding our body through times of physical stress.
Listening to preferred music has also been seen to lower blood lactate concentration. Blood lactate is a marker for levels of muscle fatigue and helps us understand the body’s exercise peaks and tolerances. So, it’s pretty important if you’re looking to increase speed or hit a new personal record. Related to blood lactate levels, music lowers muscle fatigue thus increasing speed and total distance covered.
Another factor, not unknown to the running community, is a song’s BPM (beats per minute). There are already countless playlists out there for whatever BPM you’re looking for, but how does it help? Our heart rate naturally runs by a particular beat per minute and during cardio exercise, a song with a similar bpm to your own can help keep you moving. Your heart rate increases as you begin cardio exercises and can dip when tired or increase during an exercise, which tires the body further. Utilizing music that matches your bpm can keep your heart beating at a more consistent pace that will ultimately aid you in finishing your exercise.
So what does this all mean? Music can be a helpful tool. It can not only turn your mood around but can help your body push further. Find a style that works for you, whether that’s music all at 160 bpm or just songs that make you feel unstoppable, there is something out there. If you don’t know where to start check out Playmakers Spotify where we will have a few playlists to get you started @playmakersfit. If there’s music you want to see more of let us know and we’re happy to aid you in your run!