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If you’re not already an elite athlete, this tip might help you increase your performance by up to 15%: Listen to music when you run.
Ok, sure that piece of wisdom might not be exactly groundbreaking science, but there is science to back up the notion that training while listening to music can help improve your performance.
The book Inside Sports Psychology, by Dr Costas Karageorghis and Professor Peter Terry, takes a look into what makes great athletes tick. One interesting finding is that for a certain type of athlete, the distraction of music actually does increase performance.
According to the book’s author:
“Elite athletes,” says Karageorghis, “are usually ‘associators’, which means they tend to focus inwardly when they are running.” Most other runners, he says, are “dissociators” (or are somewhere between the two). This means they look for stimulus and distraction from what is going on around them. “
We’re always interested in human performance and athletic excellence here at DailyHouse and so naturally some questions arise that are also relevant: Are ‘associators’ made or born? If learning to focus inwards is something that can be taught and trained then that seems like a much more useful tip than the music one. Of course, training your ‘performance thought process’ might take a little bit more time and effort than just popping on some headphones, but what are we here for if not to become elite, amirite?
There are many elite athletes who train to music as well, check out this earlier post: