Recent studies have suggested that working out with music can improve your mental acuity.
“Working out with your favourite songs playing is a great way to make the time spent burning calories more enjoyable - offering your ears something fun to hear,” says James Ruhimbana, a gym instructor in Kimironko.
He adds that music can also have the positive effect of helping you train longer and harder by allowing you to concentrate on the rhythm of your workout rather than on the difficulty of your exercises.
However, as it is easy to listen to an entire playlist from your favourite collection, knowing every beat and word of the songs you listen to during a workout can reduce your drive to push yourself to run further or lift more weights.
To combat the slowdown in your workout that can be caused by predictability, use the “random” function on your musical device.
“Don’t forget to play it safe with music!” notes Ruhimbana.
Using music during a workout has the potential to place you in the way of motorists or cyclists. Listening to your favourite tunes can turn into a dangerous experience.
The more enjoyable the music, the easier it is to forget your surroundings. So to avoid potential accidents while working out, make sure the volume of your music is not too loud to drown out everything around you.
This will also help keep your ears in good working order since listening to extremely loud music can be harmful to your eardrums.