Visualization, deep breathing, and listening to music are all techniques used to bolster alpha waves. Music may be used a stimulus to get the alpha waves flowing, which helps induce a higher state of concentration while minimizing pain and distractions. Although most people do not pay much attention to their play list of music, elite athletes realize the affects of music and choose their play lists to achieve the greatest results.
A 2003 study at Acadia University in Nova Scotia found that women who listened to music ran a minute or two longer than those who did not. The women also adjusted their strides and pace to run more efficiently and had lower perceived exertion. Another study at Southwestern University in Texas found that men cycling at high intensity were able to exercise longer while listening to fast-paced music, even longer while listening to music that liked. Some research suggests that music tempo effects exercise. In one study, fast-tempo music promoted more positive moods during training than did slower tempo music or no music. A study of Russian weightlifters found that the pace of an exercise should be matched to the beat of the music for best results.
Even though music has a positive effect on training and it helps slow training burnout, it should not become the primary source of concentration since music is not permitted in competitions or in most class sessions. You must learn to deal with pain, distractions, and those evil little thoughts in your head that tell you bad thing are happening, without relying on supplemental assistance.
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