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Grab your headphones – and here we go!

It is a well known fact that music has a beneficial effect on performance in sports activities. Music gets you in the right spirit, motivates and “gets the juices flowing”. Even the ancient Romans used drummers to “encourage” galley slaves to row faster. In the modern age, Xavier Naidoo motivated the German national football team with his music during the world championship in 2006. It is no surprise that many modern athletes legally “dope” themselves with classical music to enhance their performance.

07 February 2014 Events

The legendary Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie swears by listening to music while running and who does not know the sight of joggers hitting the pavement humming a tune with headphones firmly plugged in. Some even consider it legal doping. However, especially interesting is the beneficial effect of music in the field of sports in a therapeutic context.

The British sports psychologist Costas Karageorghis spoke about his research on the effect of music on human performance in sports in an interview with the German “Zeit” weekly newspaper. He informed readers about a study in which participants practised on a treadmill. Listening to music boosted the stamina of the athletes by 15 per cent. The study also yielded the result that athletes unconsciously adapted to the rhythm of the music, running slower to slower pieces and quicker to more spirited tunes. Also the oxygen consumption decreased while listening to music.

Mozart for your personal exercise? Certainly yes!

The kinds of music athletes choose for their personal exercise is most certainly a question of taste. However, there are certain factors that can be perceived independently of the individual musical performers. Karageorghis claims that a beat of 125 to 140 BPM yields the best results. The pieces of music should furthermore have a stable rhythmic quality and include positive harmonies – therefore melodies in major keys are more suited than melodies in minor keys. Certainly countless pieces by the great composer, which are perfectly suited, will spring to the minds of Mozart aficionados. This also guarantees a pleasant variety, which is of utmost importance when assembling your personal playlist.

And the effect of music on the body during exercise?

This was also a topic of research by Costas Karageorghis. He clearly identifies physiological, psychological, psycho-physiological and neurophysiological aspects. Music reduces the perceived exertion of exercise by 12 per cent.

Why not put this to the test yourself? Listen to your favourite pieces by Mozart while jogging or exercising and experience the beneficial effects of music on your sports activities first hand!

Here is the complete interview with Costas Karageorghis in German.

Have you tried running with Mozart?

Have you tried running with Mozart?

Mozart’s music gets you in the right set of mind and enhances your performance in sports. Source: Wikimedia