So, we’ve got a goal, some different exercises to keep the training interesting, and the team are only two months away from their Health for Health 10k run for Cancer Research UK … but what would working out be without a little music?
It turns out that music is more than just something to listen to, it has a real impact on the way we exercise. Doctor Costas Karageorghis who has recently published his book Inside Sport Psychology, has identified four areas in which music has a notable effect on the way we exercise:
Energy Efficiency: “It’s a bit like driving a car and having a clear run on your route without having to stop at traffic lights – music regulates movement so there is total efficiency.”
Reduced Effort Perception: “Music can have a psychological effect about the amount of effort we are using during low level and moderate exercise – on average reducing the perception by 10%.”
Mood Enhancer: “Even at high levels of exercise intensity music can influence your mood by up to 15%. It doesn’t influence what you feel, but it colours how you feel it and can make exercise more pleasurable.”
Pre-task stimulant or sedative: “Music can be used almost as a legal stimulant or
sedative – revving you up before a task, or making you more relaxed afterwards. However, double Olympic gold decathlon champion, Daley Thomson CBE, once told me that to him music was an anathema, and that is the case with many elite athletes; they are so in tune with their bodies that they can see music as a distraction.”
New Research: “New studies are finding that calming music may have a biological effect, which will allow it to be used post-training in a recuperative capacity to recover from injury.”
So, putting the theory to the test, here’s what our team are listening to as they train for their 10k this summer!
Who … Cheryl Nelson
What … Phantom of the Opera
When … In spinning classes
Why … The opening crescendo really gets me going!
Who … Danielle
What … Kelly Rowland’s What a Feeling
When … On the cross-trainer
Why … She has an amazing figure and when I listen to her music I am thinking ‘I want to look like THAT!’ So it keeps me going!
Who … Sarah
What … Give me Everything by Ne Yo
When … Out running
Why … Timing my stride with the music really helps to keep me going for the full distance without stopping!
Who … Patrick
What … Estelle ft. Chris Brown & Trey Songz – International.
When … Lifting Weights
Why … Because the music is upbeat and that really motivates me!
Who … Aaron
What … Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti (AKA the theme tune from Rocky)
When … Rowing in the gym
Why … It’s the classic inspirational song … if a little cheesy!
Who … Bonnie
What … Laura Pausini
When … Running outside – preferably across the fields.
Why … I like listening to things that allow me to drift off into my thoughts – happy, sad, I will listen to most things, but at the moment it is anything Italian as I am trying to immerse myself in the language.
To support the team in their 10k visit: Justgiving.com or text SPAB86 £3 (or the amount you would like to donate) to 70070.
Inside Sport Psychology is available now and is published by Human Kinetics for £17.99.
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