MUSIC AND EXERCISE

ANCHOR POINTE Audio Burst with Skip Orem

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 Audio Burst MUSIC AND EXERCISE with Skip Orem

Skip Orem:

On previous anchor point episodes, I I’ve talked about the overall advantage of listening to music and getting involved in the arts and how it can help extend your life, fight disease and keep you healthy. Let’s follow up on that medical news for signer’s segment and focus for just a couple of minutes on using music while you exercise. If you get up one day and and decide you don’t feel like working out, don’t feel like exercising right now, try this, try putting on the headphones and start listening to some motivating music. Maybe a special workout playlist you’ve put together. I’ll bet that all of a sudden you’ll get a hanker and to start moving and to start your workout, let’s try this little experiment right now. I’m gonna play Joe College’s cover version of Shamble lot and I want you to see if just for a couple of seconds you can just stand or sit there and listen without moving. And I know that you will not be able to do that as we listen to this song. Start moving in any way you can sway dance, run in place, exercise. If you can’t get out of your seat right now, just move your body in any way that you can. If you’re in a car driving right now, do anything that you can safely do to get your body moving in some way. Here’s Joe College’s cover of the Three Dog Knights. Number one classic from 1973. Shambala

Speaker 2 (14:36):

A special thanks to Joe College for making his recording of Shamble Law available to us for this episode of The Anchor Point. If you haven’t included music as part of your exercise routine, try this. Build a playlist of your favorite workout songs, music that you might want to listen to while you’re working out. And then once you put that playlist together, keep switching out the songs as you continue to exercise over time. Or you can create multiple playlists. There is so much music out there no matter what your musical taste. So many varieties of music you can use to include in your workout playlist. And I know we’re, we’re all different and everyone has their own musical taste, but let me give you some general guidelines for choosing your workout music. What kind of a workout are you gonna be doing? Is it an aerobic workout like heart training?

(15:41):

Then you wanna choose upbeat up tempo positive music. If you are doing a strength training workout, then your music choice might be a little different. I have friends who just love to play 1990s heavy metal songs during their strength training workouts with strength training. The tempo of the music is not as important as the power in the music. I like songs with heavy bass while I’m doing strength training. And if you’re doing yoga or stretching exercises, then maybe you want a more peaceful kind of a sound in building a workout playlist first, determine what you want the music to do for you. Do you need it to get you moving and then moving faster? Do you need it to give you strength? Do you need it to mellow you out? I thought about putting a suggested playlist together, but then I was thinking workout music, it probably works best when it’s individualized to each person’s taste and their own determination of what motivates them.

(17:00):

The important thing though is to include music maybe not in every workout. Sometimes it’s motivating enough just to engage with your surroundings. Other times though, you need music to kickstart your workout and drive you to give your best. There’s a study out there that determined runners who listened to motivating music during a race completed the race faster than runners who weren’t listening to music. You know about endorphins, those cool chemicals your body releases when you exercise, they make you feel good. One study found listening to music releases other body chemicals associated with pleasure. Music will also help you maintain your pace. When you’re working out that rhythm of the music, the beat, it gets you moving and step with a song. And let me ask you this, even though I know your answer. Do you ever get bored during your workout? Music will distract you from boredom and keep you going.

(18:09):

And one more thing, listening to music during your recovery period of the workout will actually help to bring your heart rate down as you’re cooling down and recover. Here’s an anchor point homework assignment. Start listening to music and find your workout favorites and put ’em together in a playlist for your next workout. Remember, music works together with your faith, exercise, diet attitude, positive imagery and knowledge to keep you healthy and to fight disease.