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Music and Movement

Did you know that professional athletes often use music for training, focus and rhythm? Think: basketball players using hip hop beats for dribbling, or pro-tennis players listening to music which focuses them before a match. Well we decided to investigate the link between music and movement and here’s what we found! 

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Music improves performance

It’s true. Back in 2007 USA Track & Field BANNED the use of headphones because they gave runners a competitive edge. In fact, even the leading researcher in the field Dr. Costas Karageorghis (and lots of other researchers back this) has stated that “music is a type of legal performance-enhancing drug”. 

There are a few key ways in which music does this: 

1. Diversion of thought/psychological 

You know when you feel like you have been running for an eternity but then you look at your watch and it has only been one minute? Music helps take your mind off the physical exertion and when you feel like you’re putting in less effort, sport becomes ‘easier’. In fact, research shows this helps improve performance. 

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2. Music improves your ‘flow’ 

Your body has its own rhythms and music can help these along. This is that feeling of ‘being in the zone’ and music can help you get there faster. Even though it feels intentional, your body is actually kind of on auto-pilot, which makes the workout that much easier. 

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3. Music helps you get in sync 

It’s true for dance, but it is also true for many other types of movement. Synchronising your movements to music, especially if you are performing a repetitive motion (running, paced sit ups etc.) can balance and adjust your movements, resulting in better performance. 

Choosing your workout playlist can be a bit of an art. If your movements are steady and rhythmic, the music should not have fluctuations in tempo; rather, it should parallel the speed of your own movements. For example, if you are warming up on a gym bike at a pace of approximately 65 rmp, commercial dance music, typically in the range of 120 to 130 bmp, is ideal.

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4. Music makes you feel good

Everything's better when you’re in a good mood, including your workout! We already talked about how music can improve your mood here, and an improved mood has a certain ‘stickiness’ to it. If you can incorporate songs you enjoy or remind you of a particular time you’ll be more likely to stick to your exercise routine. 

Music personalised to you is even better

We’ve told you why music is good for movement so what better way to experience this music and push yourself than with the NuraLoop? 

Featuring our award-winning personalised sound technology, it also has a 16+ hour battery life (hello marathon runners!), it’s sweat-resistant, has Social Mode/ANC (so you can tune in out of your surroundings) and comfortable (malleable ear hooks + different sized ear tips). 

Get it here now. 

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