Have you noticed that many people tend to use headphones when they workout?
Of course, we may think that these people have a certain type of music that gets them in the mood, but what are we really working with. . .
The Power of the Zone
A few things happen when we put on the mighty headphones.
1. We focus more.
Because there aren't any outside noises or distractions, we can really get in to what we are doing - which cuts down on workout time. Plus, the harder we concentrate, the better mind-body connection we has a very strong correlation to results. This is important in all weight bearing exercises.
2. People don't tend to bother you.
It's a fact. People wearing headphones get more done because they don't get talked to. Who's going to try to talk to someone that they know isn't listening. Hell, I know people that wear headphones but don't have any music pumping through just because of this “switch". Headphones mean you're serious.
3. We get in the “zone".
If you really want to get to the next level, this is paramount. Interval training and cardiovasular work can get pretty harsh without this effect. In some ways, it is the opposite of “focus", but it's really not. When you start to focus on the music, your body begins to match the cadence (or the speed of the beats). If you are listening to faster music, you tend to naturally go faster and, in turn, work harder.
Also, on another note, try to stay away from the “buds" as they need to be listened to louder and can contribute to hearing loss. Find a pair of headphones that block outside noise and encase the entire ear.
If you are looking to maximize your workout time, invest in a great pair of headphones. Your body will thank you.
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