Mix Music and Movement

Does the thought of running, hiking or twisting to aerobics motivate you? People high in bodily kinesthetic intelligence tend to shake n’ rattle daily, yet there’s no need to slip into coach potato style if you’re less athletic.

Could a  musical ditty get you up and going?  What if you heard that music makes it far easier to workout, and inspires you to run past physical challenges? Research show that music does just that, and you also remember more.

Dr Mark Andrews, at Lake Erie College, found that rhythm and cadence increased physical performance by more than 20% in many unmotivated fitness folks. Why so? It seems that music increased

both physical performance and added a level of alertness, and improves memory.  Not surprisingly, some musical genres even improved moods along the way.

The key is to match your music with your movements for best effects.

What music could improve your physical activity today?


  1. I’d love to do a walk to Celene Dion’s My Heart Will Go On. Second is Saturday Night Fever. I even think I could do aerobics to Saturday Night Fever. I need the best of the beat to take myself there!

    Robyn McMasters last blog post..Zoning Out? Readers’ Experiences – Solutions

  2. Gary Patton says:

    I exercise walk and creatively write listening to R. Kelly’s, “I Believe I Can Fly” ♫ http://blip.fm/~2wtw0

    @GaryFPatton in Toronto

    Gary Pattons last blog post..GaryFPatton: RT @RobynMcMaster @ellenfweber: Mix Music and Movement: http://tinyurl.com/avhxpv I walk and write to R. Kelly… ♫ http://blip.fm/~2wtw0

  3. eweber says:

    Celene Dion can get the movement going, I agree Robyn! I like sat Night Fever a bit less, and it reminds me the human brains jog to different sounds!

  4. eweber says:

    Thanks for stopping by Gary! You’d fit right in at the MITA Brain Based Center – we often use that tune to open a brain based certification session:-) It rocks!

  5. Mohib says:

    Superb post again! There are so many times when music can even greatly assist in brain-related injuries and disorders.

    @ Robyn
    Just can’t stand Celine Dion….
    How about some Joni Michelle, Aretha Franklin, Etta James or may be- Stevie Nicks.

    Mohibs last blog post..Brain Leaders and Learners- Practical Tactics from Neuro Discoveries with Dr. Ellen Weber

  6. I will listen to Etta James for my best movements. Hope that will help me a lot.

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