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One of the great gifts of technology is our incredible access to a massive library of music at the touch of a button. Long gone are the days of the Walkman or Discman when you had perhaps two dozen songs at your disposal. Though working out in concentrated silence or to the sounds of nature has its appeal, great, energizing music can enhance your workout and make exercising more enjoyable. Music can motivate you to push through a tough set or an endurance challenge; it can decrease your conscious effort and improve your concentration with the simple addition of the right backing track.
We will explore more specific benefits of adding music to your workout in future blog posts, but for now let me introduce you to some fresh workout music to keep things interesting. Those who have attended my classes at LVAC, WAC, or as a sub at the other clubs, know that I put considerable effort into creating engaging playlists (and very minimal effort into restraining myself from singing along throughout class).
The most important thing to remember when putting together a solid workout playlist is to keep the Beats Per Minute, or BPM, upwards of 128-fast enough to prevent you from tapering off when the club anthem ends and a mid-tempo power ballad begins. Also, keep your volume level in check. Loud music can cause hearing damage and bother the people around you. You may want to hear "Call Me Maybe" over and over, but does the guy on the next treadmill? And finally, don't let the music distract you from listening to your body. Be mindful of signs of fatigue, pain, or exhaustion to keep your workouts healthy and safe.
Despite the fact that I take great pleasure in pushing my music taste on everyone, the most important thing is to play what you like and what keeps you motivated. Check back in with me on the 15th of every month here on the CAC's website and social media for more new workout jams and tips on integrating music into your workouts to make them more successful and enjoyable.
Check out these three new albums and get them on your playlists ASAP:
By Zach Haller
(@zachhaller on twitter)
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