From the Dept. of Duh: Music Can Motivate You During Exercise

Yes, yes, we all know that playing music before or during a workout can boost your performance.  But why? 

“Well, it’s because music helps us get pumped up,” you’ll say–and that’s correct.  But explain the physiological/neurological meaning of “pumped up” and what role music plays in those feelings.  

What kind of music is best?  When should it be applied?  And is the effect powerful enough for music to be declared unfair from a performance-enhancing point of view?

From today’s Globe and Mail:

One of music’s energizing effects comes from its ability to engage the body’s sympathetic nervous system. The activation of this system readies the body for action whenever we face a challenge in our environment.

Airways open, the heart rate accelerates, and muscles are primed to move. Auditory signals – abrupt sounds or those that suddenly increase in frequency or volume – trigger alerting responses and increase physiological arousal.

Read the rest here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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