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runner-320“Music Is A Legal Drug For Athletes…”

As a fitness professional, I’m pleased that scientists, trainers, and professors are always on the hunt for new ways to boost athletic performance.

While their studies may often be dry and contradictory, I love finding the golden nuggets that apply to the average person who is just trying to stay healthy, feel better, look younger, and live longer via staying active.

If you’d like some of that, check this out…

“Music is like a legal drug for athletes.”

That’s a quote from Costas Karageorghis, one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of exercise music out of Brunel University in London.

Intriguing, no?

And don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself an athlete. I’ll let you in on a little secret…

You are one!

One of my all time favorite mission statements comes from Nike and includes this, “If you have a body, you are an athlete.”

Sure, you may not be striving to break any world records or compete in the Olympics, but you are participating in this glorious game called, Life. (And I don’t mean the board game!)

Here’s another interesting quote from Scientific American: “When listening to music, people run farther, bike longer, and swim faster than usual—often without realizing it.”

Listening to music = Better Performance Without Realizing It!

How awesome is that?

Karageorghis says music “can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent.”

Yowza!

How would you like to have your workout feel easier or be able to last longer or work harder than you have in the past?

If you are a fitness professional, how do you think your students and clients would like to see better results without necessarily having to work harder?

Do you think they might like that?

Would YOU like that?

So yes, music has been scientifically proven to boost athletic performance.

That’s why you often see professional athletes jamming with their headphones on while putting on their game face just before they walk into competition!

But picking out the RIGHT music for your workout can be a challenge.

There are a lot of do’s and don’ts which I’ll begin sharing in my next tip…

Have any questions or thoughts about this? Share them with the community by commenting below…

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Posted on Oct 1, 2013

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Kim Nishida has been working in the fitness industry for more than two decades and is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Schwinn Spinning, Reebok Cycle, Powerstrike Kickboxing, Keiser Cycling and is formerly the Group Exercise Director at UC Berkeley.

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  1. Yes I would agree that music helps me exercise longer. It keeps me focused. (I found your blog through the ultimate blog challenge.)

  2. Suzie Cheel says:

    Yes I agree that music has a special and empowering place in our lives and recently i have started painting to music each morning. Your post reminds me of when i did gym workouts and the music did help pump the adrenalin

    • Kim Nishida says:

      I love how you paint to music, Suzie! Would love to hear what kind of music inspires your creativity… 😉

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