Whether you like classical, death metal or skiffle, listening to your own choice of music could improve your enjoyment of taking part in competitive sports and improve performance, a study has found.
Rock, rap, funk, samba or bossa nova, it does not matter. Whatever your style, listening to your favorite music enhances performance and performance in competitive sports.
A study published by researchers at Keele University in the UK found that listening to your favorite music can make you feel more inclined and lessen the perception of effort during physical exercise. "If you're a fan of Rihanna, for example, listening to the singer's latest album can boost your performance and reduce your perception of effort during practice and before competitions," said Alexandra Lamont, one of the authors.
To conduct the research, we selected 64 participants who practiced three different sports: soccer, netball - sport with rules similar to basketball - and running. The first step of the experiments was to evaluate which were the favorite styles in each sport. The favorite style of netball athletes, for example, was R & B.
Each group was evaluated before and during training and before competitions or races, with or without their favorite songs. Each session was measured by the athletes from their motivation, focus, satisfaction, challenge, awareness and perceived effort. You can view website here to find more details about this research.
The results showed that listening to the favorite music increased the motivation indexes of all groups, and the greatest effects occurred during the training sessions. A reduction in perceived effort occurred in almost every session.
Earlier studies had shown that motivational music generally boosted performance, but had not yet researched the effects of favorite music on people's performance.
Also, here are the key benefits of listening to music for physical and mental health:
1. Promotes the sense of well-being and happiness.
By listening to more animated songs, your brain releases a good amount of dopamine into your body, making a sense of well-being appear. While the song is playing, and even a few minutes after it ends, the human body is still receiving doses of dopamine, one of the "happiness hormones," which causes euphoria and a lot of emotion. Want to take a test? Then listen to "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars:
2. Reduces stress levels.
In addition to elevating dopamine levels in the human body, listening to music can trigger another positive factor for health: the fall in cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol at high levels promotes anxiety. But when you play your favorite song, your cortisol is reduced and your mind can relax!
3. Improve mood in traffic.
A lot of people have been through traffic stress situations that were greatly toned down when the music came on the scene. By promoting a sense of well-being in the listener, a good playlist (such as the one below) is able to brighten the day and make time pass faster. Just try to enjoy your favorite singles at the right volume so you do not get distracted and cause accidents while driving.
4. Improves concentration at work.
Research also suggests that activities at work yield more when we listen to songs we like very much. They increase the sense of pleasure and help us focus more on the production of tasks.
5. Sleep, relax.
Relaxing songs are great allies of sleep. For those who suffer from insomnia, it is valid to try to listen to quieter songs before bedtime, as they help reduce cortisol levels in the body, which, as we have seen, is the hormone that causes stress and anxiety. See our singles playlist:
6. Improves performance in physical activities.
In addition to distracting people by exercising longer than they had planned, songs help increase physical performance because the brain releases "natural painkillers," such as endorphins, providing a measure of tiredness and physical pain in ratio of the exercises. Want a suggestion of music? How about this one?