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What Music You Should Tune In To Before, During, And After A Hard Workout

Actively listening to music when you are pushing the limits has a profound effect

There’s something special about pairing the right music with your workout. We all tend to listen passively most of the time we are listening to music, but actively listening to music when you are pushing the limits has a profound effect. Music can uplift us, excite us, bring us down, cheer us up, make us brave, give us hope…There’s no limit to what music can do. It’s no wonder just about everyone you see out on their run has a pair of earbuds on, they are using music to help them get through the workout. 

But how does that work? Why would the songs that are played have such a big influence? After all, doesn’t everyone have their own favourites? Doesn’t if affect everyone in a different way? Well, yes and no. There’s a common thread to be found. Music soothes the soul. Here’s what athletes should tune into before, during and after their workout/game, as confirmed by the bookmakers at BettingExpert.

Before your workout, race or game.

Music can provide focus, can provide a sense of personal control, yet at the same time give you a sense of esprit de corps – something that is highly needed when you are facing an opponent or heading into a race. There’s a reason why armies have marching bands. It doesn’t have to be aggressive – it has to bring the team together and allow them to focus on the goal.

Beats per minute.

The beats per minute make a big difference. Generally speaking, athletes have a low heart rate, and the tendency is for them to get excited with the beat – the heart tends to follow. For a warm-up, 90-100 is perfect. It should be induced gradually, however; it should be going from resting rate (say, 60-80) to semi-excited. It should build you up. So program your playlists accordingly and you'll have nice smooth intensity transitions through it all. 

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Music to avoid.

Avoid music that is too intense – as you might be trying to get your thoughts together – but also avoid that which makes them fall asleep (such as avant-garde jazz, for example).

Losing or performing poorly.

If you’re behind, you need inspiring music. Often the lyrics, rather than the beat, play an important role. Find songs that have an "Eye of the Tiger" type of feel and make a separate playlist for this scenario. Thist type of music can hype you up faster than a locker room pep talk, and it will give you an extra burst of emotional energy. Song's like Daft Punk's "One More Time", Avicii's "Levels" and other uplifting anthemic tunes should turn it around for you. 

After defeat or a poor workout

Play music that doesn’t get you down. Be light and uplifting, you will be back at it again soon. 

There’s no prescribed music for after a winning game, of course – then it’s party time, and you should be able to enjoy whatever you feel like at the moment. However, not for too long; it’s often best to get the victory feeling out as soon as possible and listen to something relaxing so you can get ready for your next feat. Sports – as is life – is an ongoing battle, and whilst it’s good (and necessary) to enjoy your victories, it’s smart to keep your feet firmly on the ground and prepare for the next round.

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