How Music Might Stop Your Fitness Aches

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Do you normally switch off your iPod while you cool down? Well hold fire – an interesting fitness snippet I just spotted in April’s Health magazine has found that people who listen to more upbeat songs post-workout actually take more steps during their cool down and flush out ache-making lactic acid from their system faster – putting them at less risks of stiffness and aches the next day.

According to the research from Israel, exactly how upbeat the songs need to be to get results hasn’t yet been determined, but they tested songs of 140bpm in the trial and that worked so stick with that for now. Need some ideas. Try one of these three suggestions from….

Rhianna – SOS

The Killers – For Reasons Unknown

Cascada – Everytime We Touch

Looking for more advice on why music is great for your workout – here are some other posts you might want to check out…

What songs do some of the world’s top trainers listen to when they work out? I asked, they told me –here’s your playlist.

Fancy a simple trick to try at the gym – song matching, where you time your steps, pedals, rows etc to the exact beat of the music is it. It’ll liven up any workout – find out what you need to do here.

Why long runs need mix albums – yes, there’s actually science that says music that runs into each other is more motivating if you’re exercising for a long period than songs that stop and start.

And lastly what happened when I swapped my normal mix of techno dumpf dumpf music to listen to musicals for a bit instead. Was it more motivating or less?

Hope there’s something there that inspires you to keep reading.


  1. JR

    If you will have a workout don’t forget to have a stretching first and cool down after to avoid any muscle cramps or muscle pains.

    1. healthehelen

      Actually latest advice is not to stretch first – apparently can increase risk of injury. Warm up, but not stretch.

      Reply this thing on? Talk to me, it's lonely down here

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