Music Quickens Pace Of Recovery

Music Quickens Pace Of Recovery There have been studies showing that motivational music quickens the pace and intensity of endurance exercise. Until now, no one has looked at music's effect on recovery. This study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests that tuning in toe-tapping tunes can accelerate recovery from intense exercise.

Scientists recruited 20 young men all in their mid-20s and had them run for 6 minutes at peak oxygen consumption. At 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15 minutes into their recovery, heart rate, blood lactate concentrations and perceived rate of exertion were measured. Heart rates were unchanged with or without music, but a catchy beat increased the amount of activity subjects engaged in during recovery while lowering the rate of perceived exertion. This helped clear out blood lactate faster, speeding recovery.

True Strength Moment: Competitive athletes can't plug into their favorite music during a race, game or match. But often times they can tune out the crowd with favorite songs while waiting for the next physical challenge. If music helps them recover faster, it's reasonable to assume a potential for performance benefits. Try this strategy after your next workout to see if you bounce back stronger.
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