If you’re anything like me, you probably find it really hard to workout without having music playing! I find it so difficult to concentrate if I have to workout in silence, it seriously can’t be done. I know lots of people who NEED music to get the most out of a workout. Those banging beats can help motivate us to push a little bit harder!
Here are a few reasons I think it’s definitely worth including music in your workout:
Music can boost your mood
The right tunes can help get you in the zone! Music can elevate your mood, which can be really helpful if you aren’t feeling motivated to start your workout. If you feel like you’d rather flop on the couch or you’ve had a bad day at work, shake it off by cranking some music to feel more positive about facing the gym. If you have a favourite pump-up song or you like a good beat to get you up and moving, music can be the difference between showing up and being a gym no-show. Upbeat music can make you feel happier — and who doesn’t want that?
Music can help you keep pace
Do you find yourself tapping along when you hear music? The beat is like a signal to the motor region of the brain, which helps you to maintain a rhythm. That’s why it’s best to choose playlists that suit the type of workout you plan on doing, for example — having a playlist of upbeat songs is perfect for high-intensity workouts. You’ll probably find it easier to get into a rhythm if the music can be timed with movement!
Music can help you push your performance
Listening to the right playlist can make a big difference to the outcome of your workout. You hear a favourite workout track and get caught up in how good it is. Without realising it, you might find you’ve smashed through a few more reps! Music is fantastic for pushing past mental barriers that can hold you back during a workout.
Music can be used for recovery too
If you haven’t been using music as part of your recovery, now is definitely the time to start! Listening to chilled out tunes post-workout can help your body to slow down and relax. Try playing acoustic versions of your favourite songs, or select songs that are a little slower in tempo. Hearing these can help to clear your mind, so you can focus on your rehabilitation.
So now you know how much of a positive difference music can make when working out. The right music has the ability to make your workout SO much better, which is why it’s important to match a playlist with your workout style. Which leads to some great news, my app Sweat With Kayla, is now an Apple Music curator! This means, you can now listen to music that has been carefully selected to match Sweat With Kayla and BBG workouts! You can check out the profile here: apple.co/sweatwithkayla or find the playlists in the music tab of the workouts in my Sweat with Kayla app - www.kaylaitsines.com/app. I’m sure it will help give a little boost to your motivation and workout performance! After all, it’s much easier to keep going when your favourite artist is pushing you on!
To me, music makes working out more enjoyable. I find that some songs just make me feel good, even when I’m in the middle of a tough circuit! A few inspiring lyrics and my motivation levels are soaring — hopefully you guys notice that too.
Love, Kayla xx