30 Jul '16, 11am

The effects of music before, during and after running

New research supports using music to get fired up before running, and suggests that listening to music after a run can speed recovery. The research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research , also backs previous findings that you probably get less benefit from music the harder you run. Brazilian researchers tested the effect of music on 15 runners before, during and after they ran a 5K time trial on the track. The study participants had been runners for an average of just under five years, and averaged about an hour of training per day. The researchers measured things such as pre-run brain activity, arousal, and heart rate variability; during-run perceived effort and time; and post-run mood and heart rate variability. There were four tests with music: pre-run motivational music (110-150 beats per minute); running with slow music (80-100 beats per minu...

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