Fun fact, did you know that music can play a key role in how you perform in the gym? Not only do we feel more motivated and distracted from the discomfort that intense exercise will cause by listening to music, rather than listening to silence, our breathing and our thoughts, but it will increase our performance output. There is a correlation between listening to music and heightened performance and there are even links to varying beats per minute in a song and the types of workouts that they pair well with for even better performance.Numerous studies have been done that proves that listening to music will encourage individuals to either workout for longer and/or be able to push themselves harder. The National Library of Medicine published a paper that looked at exactly this topic, and it was concluded that listening to music will enhance exercise performance1Some studies even suggest that specific beats per minute in songs will pair well with certain exercises. Higher beats per minute (bpm) will pair well with higher intensity exercises, for instance, if you are trying to run a 7 min mile, then you should be listening to 180 bpm to keep you motivated to run fast, but if you are looking to run for longer distances you should listen to something around 145 bpm, and if you are going for a brisk walk, 120bpm. The faster or slower the music will affect how you pace your workout.Now, I know what you’re wondering, how the heck does country music fit into this conversation?! The bpm in most country music songs is under 100 bpm, while majority of pop is over 100 bpm. How the heck is this going to increase your fitness?! Slower music will improve your recovery time. The better and faster you recover, the more you can continue to push yourself. Slower bpm music will encourage slower heart rate and reduced blood pressure. Being able to recover is the key to bettering your fitness, the better you recover, the more efficient of a workout you can achieve.How does this relate to your workout? Well, if you’re doing workout with intervals, that rest time is super important. Each interval, the goal is to push the pace, faster every round, but if you’re not recovering before the next interval, then you will not be able to get the most out of the workout, but if you listen to country music, this will assist your recovery, therefore allowing you to push more in the next round.If the workout is a 20 min AMRAP, well, you don’t want music too crazy, or else you will go too fast too early, you want to remain at a consistent rate the entire time and keep your heart rate from spiking too much, so country music will assist you from pushing the pace too early on, therefore keeping you moving for the entire 20 min, rather than 2 min of really fast workout and dying for the next 18 min. If you are lifting heavy weights for your workout, well, you want to be able to recover between sets, this is basically a style of interval training, country music will help you recover between sets, therefore helping you lift heavier.If you are doing a fast workout like something that should be done in 5 min, well, this would not be a good time for country music, listen to something that is 180bpm, BUT then immediately turn on country music afterwards to recover.Facts that country music makes you a better athlete. Make sure you ask your coach to play country for your next workout, you won’t regret it!