You hear a song you like and you can’t help but start moving whether you’re nodding your head a little, tapping your toes or break out into full dance. Music makes us feel good and move, so using it to help lose weight can have a very positive impact on our weight loss program.
Getting started losing weight is easy. Just listen to music that makes you happy and want to move. The type and selection is completely up to you because everyone’s experience as to what is music that makes you want to dance is different.
Music for Motivation
Music can be used as a motivational tool when you use music you like because it triggers the areas of the brain that release dopamine. Dopamine makes you feel good and anything that can make you feel good, leads to a more positive attitude towards working out and moving. It also means you are less likely to be depressed and overeating.
Start your day out by listening to music you enjoy and most likely you’ll go through the day feeling good with a positive outlook on life. Play your music on the way to work, school or wherever you spend you days and on the way home to relax.
Update your playlists often so that you don’t become bored with the music and it loses its intend effects. If you don’t have time to make playlists, download workout music apps to provide the music for you. These apps can provide lists for the type of workout you’re doing and match the intensity with the music and the length of the workout.
Distraction and Second Wind
Research and studies show that listening to music while you perform any form of exercise from walking, chores around the house or your heavy workout help you to pick up the pace and workout longer. The music also provides a distraction to keep you from thinking about feeling tired and a fast pumped up song can help give you a second wind to keep moving, so plan on loading at least one of those kinds of songs into your playlist for about the time you normally get tired.
What to Play
When deciding what music to include in your playlist, consider songs with beats per minute (bpm) that match the pace of your workout. Music with 120 to 140 bpms often works well for cardio workouts and 115 to 135 bpms encourages a 4 to 4.5 mph pace when walking. For the weightlifting workout, consider heavy metal or hard rock.
The biggest trick is not to put in songs that make you sad or upset because they bring your mood down and can affect your positive attitude, thus changing how you feel about yourself. When you’re upset, you generally don’t feel like working out, moving and will often overeat or lean towards foods that aren’t healthy.
Music encourages us to dance and dancing is exercise, so start turning off the TV and turn on the music instead. Pull out the dancing shoes whether you are at home, the bus stop or taking a break. Plan outings that involve dancing and music instead of ones where sitting is the entire event such as concerts, dance lessons, etc. If you have a partner or a family, include them in the moving activities.
Make music an active part of your life. Use it as a motivational tool and you’ll soon see changes not only in your body but in your mood as well because including music in your health plan along with diet, exercise and self-care leads to a healthy mind, body and soul.
Justin Miller is a professional blogger that writes on a variety of topics including guitar lessons. He writes for JamPlay.com, a leading online music educator offering 2,000+ video guitar lessons in HD.
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