Athletes usually use motivational music to psyche themselves up for a race, but certain tunes have also been linked to an improved performance and faster recovery time too.
Spanish and Brazilian researchers examining the effects of music on the brain’s perception of exertion haven’t only found that the tunes you choose will change your pace but also that the right beats speed up your recovery.
In a series of assessments at the State University of Londrina, Paraná, Brazil, and the School of Medicine at Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, athletes were monitored over 5km runs while listening to a selection of mood-affecting playlists.
The tracks included fast & motivational (FM), slow motivational (SM), and calm songs (CS) – the athletes were checked for their heart rate, perceived exertion and the areas of the brain influenced by the music.
The results have clearly shown that the athletes ran sections of the trial course faster when they have been listening to FM and SM tracks. Choosing the right beat is essential; for a cardio exercise, 134-136bpm is recommended.
It was also discovered that that by listening to the calm songs after the run their recovery markers were speeded up, too.