STAYING “ON BEAT” WITH INTERVAL TRAINING: THE IMPACT OF MUSIC ON PERFORMANCE AND ENJOYMENT
Interval exercise training can elicit physiological adaptations similar to those of traditional endurance training but in reduced time. However, the intense nature of interval training may be perceived as being unpleasant physically, and this may deter people from beginning or adhering to an interval training program. A new study published in the May 2015 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® sought to determine if the effects of listening to self-selected music during sprint interval training (SIT) could alter one’s physical and psychological experiences during the exercise.
In this study, 20 moderately active male and female adults, unfamiliar with interval exercise, completed a single session of SIT under two different conditions: music and no music. The exercise consisted of four 30-second all-out Wingate Anaerobic Test bouts on a cycle ergometer separated by 4 minutes of rest. Peak and mean power output, ratings of perceived exertion, affect, task motivation, and perceived enjoyment of the exercise were measured. The results showed that peak and mean power output during the course of the exercise session were higher in the music condition. There were no differences between the music and no music conditions for ratings of perceived exertion, affect, or task motivation. However, perceived enjoyment consistently was higher in the music condition. Music not only enhanced in-task performance of SIT but also enhanced enjoyment of the exercise.
This study illustrates the effects that music can have on exercise performance and highlights the potential for music to be used to reduce the unpleasant nature of interval exercise. Listening to music during intense interval exercise may be an effective strategy for facilitating performance of, and adherence to, this form of training.
SUBMIT YOUR 2016 PROPOSAL FOR ACSM’S HEALTH & FITNESS SUMMIT & EXPOSITION
Are you interested in proposing a lecture, workout, or other session for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in 2016? The submission process is easy — simply visit www.acsmsummit.org and select the “Programming” tab to access the link to the online proposal system through OASISTM. You can go in and add, change, or update your submission electronically anytime through the deadline of May 15, 2015, midnight PST. The 2016 meeting will take place from March 29 to April 1, 2016, in Orlando, FL. Submit your proposal today!
GET INVOLVED! MAY IS EXERCISE IS MEDICINE® MONTH
This May marks the seventh annual Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Month. Now, it’s easier than ever to participate. Here’s how you can get involved:
- Write an exercise prescription for your clients/patients with this easy-to-use form (http://exerciseismedicine.org/assets/page_documents/Appendix_G_Prescription_Form.pdf) or give the form to health care providers in your area. Doing so can help forge a connection between health care and fitness.
- Work to earn the EIM Credential. The EIM Credential shows health care providers that an exercise professional is qualified to help their patients get the exercise they’ve prescribed. Exercise professionals interested in building their client referral base are eligible. Visit www.certification.acsm.org for more information.
- Use the resources in the EIM Exercise Professionals’ Action Guide (http://exerciseismedicine.org/assets/page_documents/ExPro_Action_Guide.pdf). In this guide, you’ll find information on the exercise prescription and referral process and much more.
- Sign up for EIM updates and tools at www.exerciseismedicine.org. You’ll receive more ideas and resources for integrating EIM into your professional life.
- Follow us on Twitter @EIMnews and on our Facebook page Exercise is Medicine for updates and other ideas on how to participate in EIM Month.
- Get your university or college campus involved by bringing EIM Month to your school! There also is EIM on Campus Month, which kicks off in October. Two times to celebrate!
- • Become a Recognized Campus!
Exercise is Medicine® on Campus — A Recognition of Outstanding Programs
- At the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL), Exercise is Medicine on Campus announced its new EIM on Campus registration process and also introduced a new global Campus Recognition Program, by which campuses can be recognized for their implementation of EIM. At this year’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, schools will be acknowledged for on-campus initiatives, programming, work with the local community, and/or the overall impact that EIM is having on campus wellness.
- • For more information on how to register your campus and learn more about recognition, visit http://exerciseismedicine.org/support_page.php?p=17 or email [email protected]