What: In a study presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference
by researchers from Keele University, 64 sports participants were compared to see if listening to their favorite music would boost their performance. Each group was assessed before and during training, and before competitions or races, with and without their favourite music. Each session was rated by the participants for perceived motivation, focus, enjoyment, challenge, awareness and rate of perceived exertion.
Results: Researchers found that by playing their favorite music participants’ exertion levels reduced and their sense of being ‘in the zone’ increased, when compared to listening to no music at all.
So What?: Nothing new really, most of you if not all of you listen to music and feel that you get an extra boost when working out. The takeaway here is that the participants listened to their favorite music instead of just music in general. So spending a bit of time searching for more music that you really like and organizing it into a specific workout playlist might be time well spent for your fitness.
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