Music to the ears…

Music to the ears…

Can your music playlist affect your cardiovascular health?
Recent research shows that listening to music that brings the listener feelings of joy is enough to dilate blood vessels, increasing blood flow.
There is also a psychological benefit of music on sports performance as music has shown to be a great way to regulate mood both before and during physical activity.
Sports psychologist at Brunel University, Dr. Costas Karageorghis, has done studies to see the impact of music on sports performance. Synchronous music (music that has a clear and steady beat) was shown to elevate a person’s performance by 20%, whereas asynchronous music (background music) was shown to calm the nerves of athletes by as much as 10%.
Dr. Costas Karageorghis theorizes that there are 4 main ways that music affects an athlete:
Music distracts an athlete from fatigue.
Music can act as a mood altering catalyst.
Music can synchronize an athlete’s rhythm and movement.
Music can act as a trigger for learning certain motions and aid with muscle memory.
From the evidence provided, there seems to be a correlation between music and performance.
The triathlete spends countless training hours swimming laps and covering many miles by bike and foot. In addition to making triathlon training more enjoyable, listening to music may even give you a slight training edge.
Perhaps you already listen to music while you bike and while you run. Why not listen to music while you swim?
Continue reading Put Music To Your Triathlon Swim Training With A Waterproof MP3 Player.

 

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