It’s amazing how a pair of jogging shoes and some of our favourite music tracks can help us increase the results of our post pregnancy weight loss plan.
There have been numerous ways that we have incorporated music into our lives, from casual listening or partying, up to more spiritual endeavours such as meditation. How you choose the soundtrack of your life is entirely up to you, as long as it helps lift your spirits and transcend you to a whole different world.
Well, there are many scientific studies that have proven how music can affect our mind and body. Let’s take a closer look at how it can help us with our lose baby weight goals.
First of all, the tempo of the song you listen to during your workout routine determines how much you move. It is quite clear that the faster the tempo of the song the more you will move as well.
A study involving cyclists that is published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports shows that when the tempo is increased by 10% (without the knowledge of the participants), they pedalled with more power and they could also pedal for longer distances. This can be attributed to the way we are pumped by certain songs or beats that helps the brain release dopamine, a feel-good chemical that is involved with motivation.
Subliminal messages in song lyrics can also motivate us to work harder, better, faster and stronger (cue Daft Punk). Dr. Costas Karageorghis, author of Inside Sport Psychology, says that songs with phrases such as ‘work it’ or ‘push it’ can subconsciously drive us to keep pushing ourselves to go the distance.
He also said that research has proved that music helps lower our rate of perceived exertion and helps us block out the sensations of fatigue so that we can push ourselves further during exercise.
Not only that, studies have also exhibited that music can help you to keep up a healthy appetite and digestive system. The reason is because music not only helps increase the production of dopamine, but serotonin as well.
When your body experiences low levels of serotonin, it can highly affect your appetite as well as exercise efficiency. Serotonin helps you reduce stress which might cause overeating and make you unmotivated to conduct your weight loss workout plan.
It is also shown that serotonin affects how much you feel like eating and how easy it is to satisfy your appetite.
Traditionally, restaurants have been known to play classical music or calming music because it actually helps with the way your brain reacts to the music. Slow music helps you eat slower in smaller bites so that your stomach is able to digest the food properly.
The most important thing about music is that it touches every individual in different ways, and all you need to do is choose the right type of music that seeps into your heart and soul.
When you have the right music to keep you pumped, working out will be a breeze!
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