If you have been reading our posts by now you know the underestimated power that music has in our mind it wont come as a surprise that music is sometimes banned (along with steroids and stimulant drugs) to prevent athletes from gaining an unfair advantage during competitions. Music has the power to shape our emotions, influence behavior and the power of suggestion to the unconscious even if we don’t notice that is what is affecting us.
So how do I use the power of music on a conscious level to influence my unconscious mind and decisions:
Music in the gym and shaping your emotions:
When you are in the gym and you need a sudden burst of energy to come into your body you can count on music to provide just that. Music engages the body’s sympathetic nervous system that put your body in a ready state.
It is also seen that abrupt sounds or those that suddenly increase in frequency or volume – trigger alerting responses and increase physiological arousal. For best results, you should couple the intensity of your exercise with the beat of the song.
Another way music helps is by getting you to focus on the song instead of the discomfort coming from the exercises and if you are already using music in your workouts you probably know that visceral shiver running down your spine that is your queue to start a tough exercise.
Music also has the power to bring back positive memories, si that song that always helps you overcome a task can aid you in your toughest moments
For more information on the study, bellow seek the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Getting to the science:
According to Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., an associate professor of sports psychology at Brunel University in England, the beats per minute (BPM) of a song influence the efficacy of any cardio workout.
30 subjects who listened to music with a moderate tempo of 125 BPM. Compared with a no-music control group, those listening to the music had a 15 percent greater output of endurance.
can also stimulate or calm athletes prior to competition
Which tempo is right for your workout? Try 80 to 90 BPM for warm-ups and cool-downs, 137 to 139 BPM for fast walks (about 4.5 mph), and 147 to 160 BPM for runs. (An iTunes plug-in, Tangerine!, lets you create BPM-based playlists.)
Using music and your imagination can put you in an invincible state but only you can make your invincible playlist for you.
So listen to music observe what emotion it sparks in you and learn to channel each emotion at the time its necessary with the aid of your favorite songs.
Here are two videos by Nina Kraus a neuroscientist and professor of neurobiology at Northwestern University in Illinois in case you are not convinced of the great power that music has in shaping and influencing your brain.
FYI: You should really watch the long video as well.
next post we will talk about romance and music using a study released on December 27, 201,2 found that a bird listening to birdsong may experience some of the same emotions as a human listening to music.