You know that you can boost your weight loss by exercising longer at the gym. But sometimes it's tempting to skip those last 20 minutes or so. Now researchers have discovered tuneful news about how to tune up your endurance: Listen to music, reported Medical News Today on October 20.
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany have discovered that listening to music actually reduces the strain and stress of exercising. But here's the cool factor: Machines rigged to produce music when used had even greater benefits!
The researchers crafted fitness machines that upped the tempo of the music when the exercisers moved faster. Result: The participants' muscles required less energy, so that the time exercising was more effective.
There's even a name for this type of exercise-to-music magic: "Jymmin," which combines "gym" and "jammin," according to the researchers.
During the tests, the researchers analyzed metabolic information, such as oxygen intake and muscle tension changes. The participants also provided feedback on how they felt during exercise.
"This implies that the developed technology is more favorable as a new athletic sports technology, presumably because more emotionally driven motor control occurs with the musical ecstasy," says Dr. Fritz.
Terming the discovery as "breakthrough" news, Dr. Fritz is enthusiastic about the potential for using music as therapy.
"What is more, we believe that this insight has an important consequence in how we view the role of music in the creation of human society," he declared.
Because music is associated with so many different rituals, Dr. Fritz feels that the impact of "musical activity on exertion could be a yet undiscovered reason for the development of music in humans: Making music makes physical exertion less exhausting."
Memo to fitness fanatics: Go forth and get "jymmin"!