How Music Affects Intensity Levels

Have you ever had an upbeat, fast song come on and suddenly you feel energized and ready to take on the world? Or have you ever listened to a mellow, slow song, and then felt more relaxed? This is because music literally can affect the physiological processes in our bodies. What does this mean? It means that when that hardcore or fast paced song comes on, it actually stimulates your adrenal glands to release higher levels of adrenaline into your bloodstream, increasing your focus and intensity levels for your workout. The beat of a song while you lift weights can determine how heavy you lift, the pace you lift at and it can completely alter your mental state and determination. So what is the best music to listen to for different types of exercise? Well for slower, more relaxed workouts like Yoga or stretching exercises, you want to keep the music mellow to relax you and keep yourself free of stress hormones such as Cortisol and ACTH. Medium paced cardio workouts would require music with a slightly elevated speed that will help motivate you and push you. With high intensity workouts such as HIIT training and high intensity weight lifting, the best recommendations would be hard rock, heavy dubstep and electronic music, and hardcore hip-hop music to get those hormones rushing. The deeper the base and variety of faster beats, the more it will improve your workouts. For some great weight-lifting mixes, follow the official DedFit Soundcloud page and download the songs made by our resident artist Chedda!.

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