The Power of Music: Part 1

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director - 7th September 2012

"Music is like a legal drug for athletes."
-Costas Karageorghis, PhD one of the world's leading authorities on music and exercise.

"Music provides the motivation to power the movement."
-Sharon Rekieta, PhD an instructor who has let "the beat" move her feet for decades.

After teaching thousands of classes set to songs specifically selected for the format and running thousands of miles while listening to a carefully chosen playlist, I am a true believer in the power of music and its effect on movement.

Music has helped me pick up the pace, finish a race, and push through one more rep.

Hearing an inspiring song at the right time has inspired me to run one more mile, complete another challenging circuit and still finish my workout with a smile.

The research by Costas Karageorghis, PhD shows how music impacts our performance: when we hear music, our body wants to move and we want to synchronize our movement to the beat. In addition, listening to tunes gives us something to think about (or sing along with) and we subsequently forget about fatigue or discomfort.

Other research showed that when recreational and professional athletes listened to music while working out, their physical endurance was increased by as much as 15% compared to those who were not listening to music.

If music is already a part of your workouts, you're probably happy, and not that surprised to read that scientific proof exists for what you already know. If you've been wondering if music could improve your performance, or perhaps get you moving in the first place, then compile a playlist of your favorite tunes to play during your next workout and see what happens. The results could be magical!