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MUSIC AND EXERCISE - Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center

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MUSICANDEXERCISE
Enhancing movement with music/rhythm is nothingnew.
RESEARCH
There is a neurological connection between sound andmovement.
Listeningto enjoyable music increases electrical activity in various regions of the brain important for coordinatingmovements.
Music effects people in the following ways:
Increases the desire to move vs. sit.The movement tends to be intime to the rhythm.The musicdistractsthe exerciser from discomfort.
Listening to music while exercising canreduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as15percent.
MUSIC IS:
Generallymore effective at moderate levels of intensity, markedly less so at high intensity.Ofgreater benefit to less-trained exercisers vs. more competitive athletes.
CostasKargeorghis, Ph. D.London'sBrunel University School of Sport and Education
Other benefits from combining music and exercise:
Exercise has been shown to improve cognitive functioning. Combiningexercise with musicmayenhance this effect.Verbal fluency tests with cardiac rehabilitationpatientsScores weremorethan doubledwith music and exercise than with exercisealone.
Howdo I choose the best music?
Distinct Rhythm
The stronger and more obvious the beat is the more likely it is you will followit.
Appropriate beats per minute for the chosen activity.
Should correspond to some degree to the heart rate you want to achieve.
80-90beatsper minute
Good for warm-up and cool down.
120to 140beats per minute
The "sweet spot"for moderately intensive exercise.
Music that is too fast won't help performance, enjoyment, or endurance.
There are appsavailable to determine music beats per minutes:Mixmeister(free)Cadence($4.99 for iPhone)
Manual way, onthe computer,to determine the beats per minute:http://www.all8.com/tools/bpm.htm

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