Friday, August 10, 2012

Let the music move you!

Our family has thoroughly enjoyed watching the Olympics this year. It is so inspiring to see the world's best athletes do such amazing things. Today, as I was reading up on a few events, I found an article about the role music has played with these top athletes. I found it interesting and decided to share part of it here.
It's not just noise. A large body of scientific evidence points to the effects of music on ease of movement, perception of exertion and even on oxygen efficiency during sport. Music has been shown to improve endurance performance, helping people run 18 percent longer, according to one study. Research published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, when runners listening to tracks by artists such as Madonna, Queen and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, found they not only ran further and longer, but also enjoyed it more, even up to the point of collapsing at the end of a training session.
Karageorghis' most recent study, published this month in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, found that music at a tempo that matches the movement of the activity can even improve oxygen efficiency. Athletes who exercised in time to music had a 7 percent decrease in oxygen uptake.
"Physiologically you're more efficient when you are synchronising your movements to music," Karageorghis said. "Music coordinates our actions in such as way that we minimise the inefficiencies and optimise the mechanics of our movement."

You can read the full article here.

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