Friday, April 05, 2013

Sweatin' to the oldies--and newies

Sumathi Ruddy, WSJ, Apr 2, 2013, says "Beat It" and "Gangnam Style" are perfect for workouts.

Research! The right tempo music can reduce the sense of exertion and boost motivation.  According to scientists at England's Brunel University, the best workout music is 125 to 140 beats per minute. This is when each movement is not on the beat.

When synchronizing to the beat--bodies can handle more. It's like a drug.

But it also benefits low intensity exercisers more than athletes.

Like classical? Try Beethoven's "Eroica" or Mozart's Symphony No 40 in E-Flat Major.

One trainer puts the most rousing music at the beginning of the workout.

More suggestions:

Black-Eyed Peas, Boom Boom Pow
Calvin Harris, Drinking from the Bottle
D'Banj, Oliver Twist
Kesha, Die Young
Flo Rida, Let's Roll
Lady Gaga, Edge of Glory

Music also blocks feelings of fatigue. I would need that.

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