As virus cases intensify, Seoul tells gym users to slow down
Kang Seung Hyun, a teacher and former rugby player preparing for a fitness photo shoot, said his gym had chosen to turn the treadmill off rather than implement a slower pace. However, the bikes remained open for reasons he did not understand.
“So we can’t run or use the treadmill, but we can bike? That sounds weird to me,” he said.
CrossFit coach Ralph Yoon, who has been teaching for the past five months, said listening to music at the same rate as your heart rate can increase performance, but it doesn’t necessarily make you work harder.
“You’ll be listening to slow music and exercising at the same intensity,” he said.
Professor Costas Karagorgis of Brunel University in London, who has studied the effects of music on exercise for 30 years, was pleased with the recommendations, calling them “stupid”.
“If people are motivated enough to work out at a high intensity, there’s nothing about the music that’s going to stop them,” he said.
That said, research has shown that music can significantly alter one’s workout, even though that was not what Korean officials intended.
Dr. Karagorgis said the best location for aerobic exercise, such as running on a treadmill or cycling, was 120 to 140 beats per minute. Music can distract the mind from feelings of fatigue, it can reduce your perception of how hard the body is working and improve your mood. Loud music above 75 decibels can intensify the workout, although very loud music poses the risk of hearing problems such as tinnitus.
He said he was surprised that health officials chose 120 beats, as research shows it was in some ways a “key cutoff”. That’s about twice the low end of a healthy resting heart rate, and a typical walking rate of 120 steps per minute, he said. The wedding DJ has told them that they will use 120-beat songs to lure people to the dance floor (Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance With Somebody” checks in at about 120).
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