Cardio, Music Videos and Motivation
Posted on: 2014-05-23 21:15:00 Ft.
Want to run faster and farther on the treadmill? Try watching music videos. In a 2009 study, researchers had test subjects run on the treadmill for three separate occasions. During one session, the subjects ran on the treadmill and watched music videos with interjected scenes of influential sporting events (think sport highlights). On another occasion, the subjects watched political trials while they ran. On the third trial, they ran on the treadmill and watched nothing. (Note: The duration for all the trials was the same.)
The results showed that when test subjects watched the music videos they ran significantly faster and, therefore, farther than they did during the other two trials. Additionally, there was no significant distance between the other two trials.
So, what were they listening to? Well, the researchers picked a few retro tracks, but, apparently, they still do the trick. The test subjects listened to “Slam” by Pendulum, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor and “Rise Above It” by Lock, Stock and Barrel.1
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1. Barwood, M et al. 2009 Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. Sep 1;8(3): 435-42