Any guesses where I am standing for this picture? The answer is at the end of the post.
Do you need to psych yourself up for any upcoming competition or an important event in your life? If so, perhaps a pre-event playlist may help you perform at your best.
In 1995 there was an interesting study done in which two researchers asked two groups of runners who were just about equal in speed from past races to compete against each other in a 60-meter dash.
Before the race one group listened to one minute of the Rocky theme song on headphones and the second group stood in silence for that 1 minute.
Any guesses which group ran faster? Those that listened to the music!
The researchers also found that of those who listened to the music:
One minute of a song gave them a significant and systematic physiological advantage.
This is probably one of the reasons you see so many pro athletes with headphones on as they get off their team buses, while they are in the locker room or while warming up.
Do you think music might help you as you prepare for an important event?
Depending on the event you might want music that gets you psyched up or, perhaps, calms you down.
These playlists are definitely a personal thing, something you will have to make up on your own as it depends not only on the type of event but also on what type of music you like and dislike.
Do you have your own pre-event playlist? If not, is this something that you might find beneficial?
And finally, the location I am standing at in this picture is at the top of the steps that lead to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, although most people know them as the “Rocky Steps” because of their appearance in the 1976 film, Rocky.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance