Ongoing History Daily: Should you listen to music while you work out?

Listening to music is good when you’re working out, right? In most cases, yes—but not necessarily.

One study says that listening to music while exercising may actually sap your strength. Everything the body does requires energy, including processing sound. The more intense the music, the more energy required. In other words, if you’re pumping iron to, say Nine Inch Nails, you’re not getting the workout you may think because so much of your strength is being diverted to your brain. Don’t believe me?

Try this: hold out your arm and have a friend push down on it. Do it with and without music. You may be surprised at the results.

Monday’s post looked at the effect of climate change on the building of guitars.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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