Dr Costas Karageorghis, head of the world renowned music in sport research group at Brunel University, UK, found that running to music can increase physical endurance while lowering your perception of effort.
When your heart-rate tries to follow the pace of the music you’re running to, says Mole, fast paced tracks are guaranteed to get you pumping, while slower beats will be relaxing – great for your pre-race routine.For the best results:
If you run six minute kilometre pace try listening to tunes with 163 beats per minute, 166bpm for five minute Ks and 171bpm for four minute pace.BUT...Stay Alert
But always remember to pay attention your surroundings when cruising along to your favourite playlist. If running on a busy trail, take the volume down a notch or two. If hitting the road, think about removing one ear piece so you are alert to the passing traffic.
After all, 56 per cent of readers believe drivers are the biggest external safety concern for runners.Don't Become Dependant
Mole also warns, music is an 'add on' and if taken away (i.e. you lose your iPod or event organisers disallow MP3 players on course), your performance can plummet.
'Running to music or using other gizmos such as a GPS is artificial and like anything artificial, such as a drug. When you remove it, you suffer demotivating side effects,' he says.
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