We all know that music has the power to motivate in a number of different ways, but a recent New York Times blog post (“Phys Ed: Does Music Make You Exercise Harder?”) highlights some of the connections between music and exercise:
Multiple experiments have found that music increases a person’s subjective sense of motivation during a workout, and also concretely affects his or her performance. The resulting interactions between body, brain and music are complex and intertwined. It’s not simply that music motivates you and you run faster. It may be that, instead, your body first responds to the beat, even before your mind joins in; your heart rate and breathing increase and the resulting biochemical reactions join with the music to exhilarate and motivate you to move even faster.
And if you’re heading out to shoot some hoops, stop by the ML/SRA first to listen to Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”; apparently, it will improve your performance!