27 Jul '12, 12am

Study: Slow music makes any pace feel harder.

Study: Slow music makes any pace feel harder.

By Scott Douglas Three-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi frequently runs with music. If you run with music, a lagging beat could lead to a sagging pace, or at least a given pace feeling harder, suggests a new study published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness . British researchers had cyclists pedal at 65 revolutions per minute (i.e., 130 pedal strokes per minute) while working at 70% of their aerobic max, which in running terms would be between recovery pace and half marathon pace. The cyclists listened to music at three tempi: faster than their pedal rate (137 beats per minute), synced with their pedal rate (130 beats per minute) and slower than their pedal rate (123 beats per minute). Although the cyclists rated their perceived effort the same in the three conditions, their oxygen cost was greater when they pedaled along to music that was slower than they...

Full article: http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/07/26/sync-music-with-c...

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