Power Song: the power of music!

A power song is a great tool to get you through the hard parts of a run. Sometimes you're just soo tired or bored. That's when a power song can motivate!
power song for runners

A power song is a song with a strong motivational power. Hence the name 'power song'!

So it only makes sense that a power song can come in quite useful during a run. If you're using the Nike+ iPod Sensor you can even program a Power Song to start playing in your hour of need. You know, that moment when all you want to do is stop running? Your power song is only one push on a little button away. And if it's a good power song, it will make you want to start moving again.

My favoriete power song

Mijn favorite power song is 'Is this the way to Amarillo?' But I also like Emmylou Harris's song 'I was born to run'. Whenever I hear it during a run, I feel I'm an embarassment to the song if I don't run. You can't be listening to 'I was born to run' and just wander about! So that always gets me running again.

My favourite part of this power song is: 'I was born to be fast, I was born to run.' I know the first few words are a big fat lie when it comes to my running prowess, but I don't care. It makes me wanna run!

Power Song: use the power of music

The power of a power songs lies in the power of music. Research has shown that music has a powerful effect on running. Here are some of the results:

  • Music makes you faster

  • Running while listening to music is easier than running without music. Because music takes your mind off of your left brain's messages: 'Why are you running! Stop! For the love of God!'

  • Happy music makes you feel better, and that makes running feel better. So don't you go listening to Mozarts requiem during a run!

It wouldn't be fair nót to admit running while listening to music also has some drawbacks. You're less aware of your body and surroundings, while listening to music. So the great advantage of running with music, is also the big drawback. It all depends on your perspective.

Power Song: not every runner's cup of tea

Power songs do not have a powerful effect on all runners! It depends on the kind of runner you are. Associative runners won't benefit from a power song. They focus on their body. Music would only get in the way of that. But your average runner is a disassociative runner, and uses music to distract and motivate herself.

What's your power song? What song compells you to move?!


Michele Morin said...

I've never thought of it as a "power song," but I love blasting Handel's Messiah here in the house while I'm cleaning or cooking up a storm!

Roseann Hampton said...

I never really thought about a power song before but I do enjoy listening to most any christian song for inspiration. Thanks for sharing at The Blogger's Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

Evelyn @EclecticEvelyn said...

I have a playlist of happy songs I like to listen to for some motivation when I am feeling a little blah. Thanks for sharing at #WoW Words on Wednesday linkup

Christie Hawkes said...

If I am running indoors, I always listen to music. If I'm running outdoors, I may choose to tune into the sounds of nature. That said, whenever I hear a song that is on my running playlist, it makes me want to run! Some of my favorites are Glorious and Fight Song. I found your blog on the Bloggers Pit Stop. Nice to "meet" you. Happy running!

Nicole Orriëns said...

I can relate Christie! And thank you for visiting Mom's Home Run.

PaulaShort said...

I never really thought of a power song. Even though their are songs I turn up in the car that really boost my mood.
Thanks so much for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month dear friend.

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