What kind of activities are good for listening to music?
These practices are definitely can’t work without music: yoga, running and cycling. I would say music is part of yoga practice. My experience is that soothing yoga music is more inspiring than silence while practicing yoga or meditation. For cardio activities like running and cycling, I will easily get bored if I don’t play some intense beats. Music with suitable tempo would definitely improve my performance while I’m doing these repeating activities – the pleasure would keep me on treadmills longer. However, especially for girls who like to workout alone, I would not recommend listening to music while doing outdoor activities. While you are hiking by yourself out in a park, you should definitely keep alert about surroundings for safety purpose. You can put your headphones on during any exercises indoor or with accompanies for better performance.
How to pick the right music?
Since musical tastes are often subjective, there is no uniformly good playlist for everyone. My husband likes to play 70s and 80s songs for lifting while I like house music for running. But it would be a good idea to pick songs that bring you positive and inspiring mood. Some music has tempo that syncs with your exercises. Our brains receive subliminal messages from the songs we listen to. So make sure that you play uplifting songs to improve the mood and confidence while you work out. The tempo and the lyrics will both amazingly improve your performance.
How to create exercise playlist?
Different part of the workout might need different music – slow songs for warm-ups, upbeats for intense training and back to slow tunes for stretching. I usually follow this pattern from soft music transitioning loud fast beats and back to soft music for the entire session. Check the beats per minute on your mobile app and put the songs with bpm close to your workout heart rate. For different level of exercise, the songs can have different bpm to match the pace and heart rate. Yoga songs are usually 80-90 bpm while cycling songs are 120bpm or above.
How to pick your sports headphones?
Picking the right headphones for gym can be a real challenge. I would need some comfortable and water-resistant headphones that stay in place even when I am sweating. The cord of the headphones can be tangled during exercise. Wireless headphones can solve this problem. High performance in sound quality is definitely a must-have attribute. The headphones should be easy to connect with my cellphone and other devices and the battery should last at least two hours for a full session in gym. Brands like SoundWhiz have mastered all these design attributes for sports use. What I am using now is Turbo from SoundWhiz. The technology enables excellent music experience during my exercise. You can find Turbo on Amazon for only $36.99.