Music Choice and Exercise Performance
In the exercise perffomance study, researchers asked 12 college students to ride stationary bicycles while listening to music. Participants were given a selection of six songs with a range of tempos.
During one session, the six songs ran at their normal tempos. In other sessions, the tempo was slowed by 10 percent or increased by 10 percent. Their activity changed significantly in response.
When the tempo was increased, they produced more power with each pedal stroke and increased their pedaling rate, and their heart rates rose. When the tempo was slowed, their pedaling diminished in rate, their heart rates fell, and their mileage dropped.
These results demonstrate that people respond to music during exercise and that muscic choice can have a profound difference on exercise intensity, positively or negatively impact physical performance. What it can also imply, is that certain music choices can result in great calorie burning and increased fat loss.
Sources: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports August 2010; 20(4):662-9