Your Music Can Make a Workout Easier
Listening to your favorite jams during a workout diverts attention from the physical exertion, but there may be more to music than distraction. A study found that creating music through movement can make exercise feel easier. Researchers rigged exercise machines to a computer that generated electronic music incorporating the fitness equipment’s movements into the songs. Sixty-three nonathletes between the ages of 18 and 59 exercised under two conditions—while music played passively or when the music reflected their movement of the workout machines. The participants reported feeling less tired after making their own music than after listening to the standard mix. The researchers say this may explain why humans started making music in the first place—singing to ease physical labor.
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Oct. 16, 2013