Revealed: the perfect playlist for better training is packed with songs with 170-190 bpm rates such as Single Ladies that increase your heart rate and endurance, study suggests
- Researchers had participants practice no music, slow-tempo music and fast-tempo music
- Music equal to at least 170 beats per minute helped stimulate mood before exercise and inspired bursts for exercise and endurance during workouts
- The fast paced music also helped distract participants from fatigue and discomfort during exercise
- Those who had endurance exercises such as running had more benefits than those who did intensive exercises such as leg pressure
When it comes to practice, it appears that the music you listen to can make a difference, a new study suggests.
Researchers discovered that high-speed music, which is the equivalent of a heartbeat of at least 170 beats per minute (BPM), can not only help outbursts of exercise during exercise, but also stimulate your mood before you start exercising.
Songs include R&B hits such as Single Ladies by Beyoncé and the rap song Lose Yourself by Eminem.
The team, from the University of Verona and the University of Milan in Italy, says it hopes the findings will encourage people to practice and also help people improve their training routines.
A new study led by the University of Verona in Italy has shown that listening to high-tempo music corresponding to at least 170 beats per minute inspired bursts of effort during exercise (file image)
For the study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, the team recruited female volunteers to walk on a treadmill or use a leg press.
They performed the exercise in silence or completed the session while listening to music at various rates, including low (90-110 BPM), medium (130-150 BPM) and high (170-190 BPM).
The volunteers were asked about the effort it took to complete the exercises and their heart rate was analyzed.
Researchers discovered that high-speed music promoted mood before exercise and motivated participants to burst during exercise for endurance and endurance.
It also helped distract from the fatigue and discomfort that exercise often entails.
Although the team has not given specific examples of numbers, there are a number websites where you can type a song title and see what it means in terms of beats per minute.
Some examples are:
- Lose Yourself van Eminem – 171 BPM
- Candyman by Christina Aguilera – 173 BPM
- Frank Sinatra’s Party by Paul McCartney – 174 BPM
- The Anthem from Good Charlotte – 178 BPM
- Single Ladies from Beyoncé – 193 BPM
The effects were more noticeable with the volunteers who walked on a treadmill than with the leg presses.
This suggests that listening to high-tempo music can offer the most benefits to those who perform endurance activities such as walking, jogging, and running.
“We discovered that listening to high-tempo music during exercise resulted in the highest heart rate and the lowest perceived effort compared to not listening to music,” said co-author Dr. Luca Ardigò, a professor of neuroscience, biomedical department medicine and movement sciences. at the University of Verona in Italy.
“This means the exercise seemed less effort, but it was more beneficial in terms of improving physical fitness.”
The findings are similar to those from 2011 study from Brunel University in the UK, who discovered that fast pace increased the intensity with which people cycled.
For future research, the team wants to conduct a study on a larger scale and look at the potential effects of music on exercises that go beyond the pace.
“In the future, we also want to study the effects of other music functions, such as genre, melody or lyrics, on endurance and high intensity training,” said Dr. Ardigò.