New goal’s this year? It’s the beginning of the year and many have set their eye’s on the ideal body for the upcoming summer season, weight/sports competition, or just want to get into shape. Read these five tips below on how music will help you achieve your goals this year.
Whether we can say or not, each and every song we enjoy or dislike, gives off a different emotional ‘vibe’. This ‘vibe’ is what determines what we’re in the mood to listen to at a particular point in time. While in the gym it is not uncommon to hear upbeat music playing in the background in a gym or see many gym goers with earphones in.
The instrumentation as well as the lyrics of a song have a huge impact on your mood while working out. Depending on the mood of a song, we can block/dampen the pain/outside world momentarily. This is similar to getting tattooed while listening to your earphones. It’s not that the pain disappears, but rather, the mind is being distracted with something else.
While we’re working out, many of us have the tendency to start to slow up and get distracted with the things around us whether it may be our phones, tv’s, other people, and distraction after distraction after distraction. This is not to say we shouldn’t be aware of our surroundings but these minor side quests can really dampen a person’s momentum.
In basic terms, momentum is just keeping the ball rolling. Once momentum is lost, it can be difficult to regain, but music can help with this tremendously. High tempo songs can get your inner biological clock moving to match the tempo of the music. This will in a sense ‘warm’ you up for the workout at hand.
When you focus, you become a specialist. When you don’t, you become a generalist. Focus is one of the key factors of achieving success no matter what you do, but sometimes focusing can be hard. To name some examples, distractions may consist of pain and/or fatigue. For newbies and people who are deep into health and fitness science, it’s when the pain and fatigue set in which we need to push even harder.
The trick to learn is that focus can be another word for ‘distraction’. While expecting fatigue during your workouts, focus or ‘distract’ your mind with something other than the fatigue. Music is a great alternative due to the fact that we can control the loudness. This effect simulates increased or decreased effect of the music by manipulating the volume control.
Music makes us laugh. Music makes us cry. Music makes us do. You ever just feel like you need a certain song playing before you hit that last set on bench press? Or maybe you need your 3 songs in a row lined up before you start your mile jog?
Whatever it is, the right music can get you in the zone prior to the task at hand. When a person has built an emotional connection to the artist, the effects can be greatly enhanced as well. The trick is to find the type of music that relates to you. This is not a right or wrong answer but a preference. Find what you identify with and hold onto it. It will empower you.
It can be difficult to set goal a and implement it, let alone achieve it. With a killer playlist at your disposal with fresh new sounds and moods, it can be much easier to stay on track though. Remember, figure out what your trying to achieve, then find the music that matches your goals.