New neuroimaging research sheds light on how music can help people shield themselves from feelings of fatigue while exercising.
The study, published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, found that listening to music while exercising was linked to increased activity in a particular brain region.
In the study of 19 healthy adults, participants laid down in an MRI scanner and exercised using a hand strengthener grip ring.
During some of these sets, the participants listened to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
“Music is a very powerful auditory stimulus and can be used to assuage negative bodily sensations that usually arise during exercise-related situations.
Another of Bigliassi’s studies used portable EEG technology to find that listening to music while walking reduced focus but increased energy levels and enjoyment.
“My view is that music and audiovisual stimuli can and should be used and promoted, but with due care,” Bigliassi said. »