Reprintable Article - Music Motivates
The right music is a great way to increase your motivation and increase the intensity and effectiveness of your workouts.
by Jackie Burgmann, author of "Hot at Home" - The Transformation Solution for People Who Hate The Gym
Motivation can be a tough nut to crack sometimes, especially when it comes to getting up off the couch and going for a workout.
And even once you do manage to get going with your strength training or cardio session you can still find
feeling under-motivated or just not 'feeling it' even once you're in it.
Sure, a half-hearted workout is better than NO workout, but it's not as good as a hard, motivated and intense workout where your heart is in it all the way.
So, when that situation occurs, how do you get that intense energy and motivation to give it your all and not just 'go through the motions' and waste what could have been a perfectly good workout?
One word: MUSIC !
Music can be intensely motivating ... even on those days when you're not quite in the mood. The right music has a way of GETTING you in the mood.
However, the same kind of music isn't the right kind of music to motivate everybody.
To find the right kind of music for YOU, use these easy rules of thumb:
If the song makes you want to get up and move or dance, it's right. If it makes you do the 'head bob' or the 'toe tap' timed to the beat, that's probably right.
Even if it's a slower song but it does crazy things deep in your head or takes you to other planets in your mind and gives you goosebumps, that's also the right kind of music.
Or, if the lyrics make you feel moods deeply like determination, angst or even anger then that could work for you
Basically, you're looking for music that can help take you into the 'zone' during your workout.
For instance, some people find thrashy or dark music like punk or metal to be very motivating (particularly for weight training) because they find that they can translate those feelings of angst or anger directly into energy and strength and it helps them lift heavier and work harder.
Others love disco, house, dubstep or trance... and some enjoy country music or classical.
Still others may love ethereal music because while listening, it makes them feel like they turn to rubber and then can run or cycle forever.
And, keep in mind also, that the kind of music that drives you the hardest may be different depending on what kind of workout you're doing that day, so consider making more than one playlist.
Perhaps you'd choose a collection of hard and angry songs for weight training but then another collection of fun 70s disco songs for running and other cardio sessions.
Thanks to the invention of the mp3 player, you can take your music on almost any kind of workout you want ... running, lifting, cycling, powerwalking, plyometrics, rowing, you name it.
Even if you're a swimmer, don't think this means you can't enjoy music while you're working out in the pool, lake or ocean. There are lots of different electronics companies producing waterproof and underwater-safe mp3 players now. Get to your favorite gadget store and pick the one you like.
So, find the kind music that makes you personally want to move, dump it into your mp3 player, plug it into your stereo or strap it on to your body and turn it up LOUD.
You'll have what you need to get into your workout harder than ever right there.
Music isn't the only way to motivate during your workout. If having troubles getting motivated is one of your biggest challenges, then grab "Hot at Home" now and learn countless more mindset tips and motivation tricks to help you get that killer body you've always wanted.
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