Can music improve your interval training success?

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Even if you don’t like the music your gym plays, a recent study has shown that you may still want to invest in some headphones while you do your interval training. Like many exercises, interval training produces better results the more you stay engaged and the more you are able to exert yourself. Enjoyment and increased outputs allow you to generate the maximum returns on your time spent in the gym or exercising at home. Music during exercise is an easy way to boost your interval training.

Why interval training especially?

For many people, listening to the radio helps them focus on the road while driving; it’s common for surgeons to play music while operating; and most gyms pump the jams as well. When you have an activity that needs you to pay attention for a prolonged period of time, the right kind of music can help keep your mind from wandering without distracting you.

While the benefits of interval training are numerous, it works best the more you do it. Being able to enjoy, or at least stay interested in, what you’re doing means you’re more likely to continue doing it for the long-term success Olumia Life is all about.

Also, because of the short periods of more intense effort involved in interval training, pushing yourself repeatedly can make it hard to stay motivated and energized. Different types of music may work for different people, but the result is an increased heart rate and a feeling of more pep, which is why gyms tend to play such up-tempo fare.

The Science

The study, published online in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, followed 20 moderately active adults whom had not had previous experience with interval training. The subjects completed interval training with and without music. The results were quite interesting. The study found that:

  • When listening to music, the participants had higher output and higher peaks in their exercise.
  • The subjects reported an increased enjoyment of the exercise when listening to music.

As the study concludes, “Listening to music during intense interval exercise may be an effective strategy to facilitate participation in, and adherence to, this form of training.”

I’m sold. How do I get started?

Interval training is as easy as doing any type of aerobic exercise you like. There are lots of ways you can do interval training conveniently. You can jog or walk with small intervals of running, for example.

In fact, interval training can even span more than one exercise. It’s not all about highs and lows, so much as breaking through fitness plateaus and optimizing your time at the gym. This means variety: another way that you can have fun with this form of exercise. You can do a period of moderate exercise on a treadmill, then jump on the exercise bike for a more intense interval, then move on to the elliptical.

If you want to get started on interval training, you can learn more by looking in the Fitness section of the app.

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