Music makes the tough prep of running easier and boosts your mood

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Run with the pleasant beat of the music

There are a lot of physical as well as psychological reasons to listen to music at the time while running. Your favorite playlist largely decreases the discomfort and risk of injury associated with your activity of running. Music makes the tough prep of running easier and boosts your mood. It is something more pleasant than just a welcome distraction, there is something surprisingly encouraging and inspiring in the beat of your favorite songs that make your speed a little faster.

It is that inherent increase in your tempo that inspired the Netherland’s team of researchers to explore the causes that how running with music could decrease the risk of injury. The idea was to check the influence of music on the running cadence—the number of steps per minute. A shorter step and faster turnover keep the touchdown feet under your center of mass largely decreasing the impacts of stress on your lower body while increasing efficiency.

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Another major merit of listening to the music has been established by the researchers that it motivates the runners to pick up the spaces, so it is no denying the reality that it increases the speed of the cadence and the two runners will not run in two and two but there will be a difference between them. But the question is: will this turnover speed or slow with the end of the music as a guide?

To find out more about the impacts of the music on the runners, the researchers have collected different samples of expert recreational runners for 12-week interventions. The first few weeks were all about running without music while the other four weeks of running with music made them realize that their stride rate increased from 5.7 to 10 percent.

All of the runners had to cover five to ten kilometers which involved hills, traffic lights, and crossings as possible with the music selected by the research team containing a strong, easy-to-flow rhythm at the desired tempo. Genre and artists were completely out of consideration. Runners were tasked to adjust their cadence with the rhythm of the music. With the use of a smartwatch, every tempo, heart rate, speed, distance, and altitude was calculated and downloaded after every exercise to check, among other things, if the change of tempo took place with the change of intensity. After the completion of research, it was founded that a total of 24 runs was accumulated.

By the end of the four-week intervention period, the cadence of the runners had increased by an average of 8.5 percent with no increase in speed or heart rate. After three to five weeks when the music intervention ended, Cadence dropped, but only slightly, with the average turnover still 7.9 percent higher than baseline.

Francis Kahn

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