08. March 2010
There’s nothing better than a good workout… the endorphin rush, that healthy glow. Just not yesterday.
Yesterday, I literally dragged myself through my stretching routine, upper body weight workout and a 45-minute recumbent bike ride. I thought it would never end. You see, I forgot my iPod. It’s a crutch, I know, but without my favorite workout tunes, I can barely break a sweat.
Turns out, I’m not alone. There’s actually scientific proof that music enhances workout performance!
Charles Emery, an exercise scientist at Ohio State University says his research has found music is an effective distraction from some of the less pleasant parts of exercise, such as shortness of breath or mild pain. “It works, he says, “for any level of exerciser.” His studies found runners using music were capable of running longer and more intensely than those without headphones.
I know for some of you who read on the rowing machine or watch TV on the treadmill – workout tunes aren't important. But nothing keeps me at 75 rpm like a little REM in my headphones. Want to bump up your aerobic threshold during your next workout? Take your favorite tunes with you. What kind of music? Whatever gets your heart rate up! Here’s my Top 10: (You may want to factor in my age!)
1. “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones (simply the best classic rock song ever!)
2. “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith
3. “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart (at least it’s from the new millennium!)
4. “Freeze Frame” by the J. Geils Band
5. “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls
6. “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters (hey, disco’s cool!)
7. “Good Thing” by The Fine Young Cannibals
8. “Chains of Love” by Erasure
9. “One Way or Another” by Blondie
10.“Come Go With Me” by Expose’
…and bonus song “Working For the Weekend” by Loverboy. (great for that sprint at the end of your workout!)
What are some of your favorite endorphin-buzz songs? Let me know. I’ll add ‘em to my playlist!
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.