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Why listening to music while working out might be better than you think

June 21st, 2011

For many of us, hitting the gym is a de-stressing, head-clearing, endorphin-pumping, mini vacation from all the craziness consuming our lives. Most of us can attest to running next to the guy who wants everyone around to enjoy the rock concert blaring through his headphones at a tone-deafening volume, as well as the person who’s staring so hard at the wall you begin to think it might actually move if they concentrate hard enough.

Well lo and behold there might actually be a method to rock-concert-man’s madness!

“Listening to the right songs before and during training boosts performance by up to 20 percent,” says Dr. Costas Karageorghis, of Brunel University in an online article on BBC News.

As you might imagine, fast tempo music is better for high intensity workouts, and slow tempo songs are appropriate for your warm-up and cool-down. The article goes on to mention that as you begin exercising, music tempos can be synchronized to work rates, which will help control movement and increase performance. Synchronizing music to workout intensity can also help to focus your attention on the task at hand, firing up those muscles, and will keep your mind from drifting elsewhere and inciting the onset of fatigue.

What are the best songs to workout to? compiled a list of the 10 best workout songs, we’ll name the top five and you can click the link to view the rest!

  1. “Lose yourself” by Eminem
  2. “Stronger” by Kanye West
  3. “Romantic Rights” by Death from Above
  4. “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy
  5. “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

As for some local recommendations, several of Hyper Wear’s Facebook friends revealed some of their favorite workout songs: Ben Adair breaks a sweat to “Breathe” by The Prodigy, Shawna Aubin suggests songs by the group Avicii, Robyn Pettinger likes “More” by Usher, Dee Fit recommends Static X and Drowning Pool, Rhonda Glick prefers A-Trak/Nike run on iTunes and BOTH Megan Callahan and Dee Fit agree that the Black Eyed Peas are a great group to crank up the volume to.

So, try out the suggestions above, or download your own heart rate-raising tunes. Whatever you choose, pump up the jams and hit the gym because you know that person monotonously exercising in the trance next to you sure wishes they had remembered their iPod!

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