Are you among those who consider Spotify as valuable as running shoes for a good workout? Like many people, you probably think music helps you push yourself a little harder. But what do the experts think?
Opinions are divided. For some people, music and video images are a source of positive inspiration. It helps them increase the intensity of their workouts while distracting them from the discomfort that comes with exercising. For others, they are distractions that disrupt concentration and affect performance.
Some psychologists say distractions like music and television have a “dissociation effect”. It seems the more people are distracted by these elements, up to a limit of course, the more they distance themselves from the discomfort of exercising. Music competes with our perception of pain and exertion to win our attention.
However, such distractions can have a detrimental effect on serious athletes. According to the majority of experts, athletes have to focus on how their bodies react to movements to achieve a higher performance. The mental state of an athlete is very important in high-level sports and can often make the difference between a fourth place and a place on the podium.
Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. If spinning for thirty minutes without music helps you clear your mind so you can achieve a greater level of discipline, you probably get as much from your workout as people who exercise in front of their favourite television show.
When you find the winning recipe, do not change it. Any trick is good, as long as it keeps you moving! The most important thing is for you to enjoy yourself because that is the ultimate motivation you need to persevere!
So put those sneakers on and stay active!