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Burst 18.1  08.28.20

Music and Exercise


Music and Exercise

by Skip Orem | Web Radio Today


BURST 18.1 08.28.20 TRANSCRIPT

Skip Orem (00:15)

If you get up one day and decide that you don’t feel like working out, don’t feel like exercising, I want you to try just putting on the headphones and start listening to some motivating music, maybe a special workout playlist you might’ve put together. I bet that all of a sudden you’ll get a hanker to start moving and to start your workout.

Skip Orem (00:38)

I urge everybody to build a playlist of their favorite workout songs, music you want to listen to while you’re doing your exercising. Then once you put that playlist together, keep switching out the songs or create multiple playlist. There is so much awesome music out there, great motivating music out there no matter what your musical taste that you can use to include in your workout playlist.

Skip Orem (01:05):

We’re all different and everyone has their own special music taste. Let me give you some general guidelines for choosing your workout music. First of all, what kind of workout are you going to be doing? Is it like heart rate training workout? If that’s the case, choose upbeat, uptempo positive music. If you’re doing a strength training workout, then it’s a little different. I have friends who just love to play 1990s heavy metal songs during their strength workout. With strength training, the temple of the music is not as important as the power the music gives you. I like songs with heavy bass in them when I’m doing strength training. If you’re doing yoga or stretching exercises, then maybe you want a more peaceful kind of sound. Music is so very, very personal.

Skip Orem (02:03):

First, determine what you want the music to do for you. Do you need it to get you moving and then

moving faster? Do you need it to give you strength? Do you need it to chill out? I thought about putting

a suggested exercise playlist together, but then I was thinking workout music it probably works best when it’s individualized to each person’s tastes and their own determination of what motivates them. The important thing is to include music, maybe not in every workout. Sometimes it’s motivating enough just to look around and engage with your surroundings. Other times though, music can kickstart your workout and drive you to give it your best. There is a study out there that determined that runners who listened to motivating music during a race, that they completed the race faster than runners who weren’t listening to music.

Skip Orem (03:05):

You know all about endorphins, those cool chemicals that your body releases when you exercise to make you feel good. One study found that listening to music releases other body chemicals associated with pleasure. 

Skip Orem (03:23):

Music also it’ll help you maintain your pace while you’re working out. The rhythm of the music that you’re listening to, the beat, it gets you moving in step with a song. Let me ask you this, even though I know the answer, do you ever get bored during a workout? Well, music, it will help distract you from that boredom, keep you going. One more thing, listening to music during your recovery period after a workout, it’ll actually help to bring your heart rate down as you cool down and recover.

Skip Orem (03:53):

Web Radio Today homework, start listening to music and find your favorite workout songs. Put them together in a playlist for your next workout. Remember this everybody, music works together with your faith, exercise, diet, attitude, positive imagery, and knowledge to keep you healthy and fight disease.