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Top 4 Reasons To Listen To Music While Exercising



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No one will deny the fact that listening to music when you are gambling at or cleaning your house energizes you? But can and should you listen to music during training and competitions: is it useful or harmful? What effect does it have?

Many people like to run to music. Music has positive, inspiring aspects.

Let’s turn to the available scientific research on this subject. We have been able to find several scientific studies confirming the positive effects of music on athletic performance.

Science Confirms Improved Results With Music

When jogging, the volunteers who listened to music covered an average of 15% more distance before exhaustion than the runners in the control group who were in silence. Besides, rhythmic music, by stabilizing the rhythm of movement, reduces average oxygen consumption and decreases the feeling of fatigue by an average of 12%.

Scientists have also found that playing music while performing strenuous work reduces the perception of gravity.

To study the effects of music on physical performance, a team of specialists led by scientist Thomas Fritz enlisted 63 volunteers of both sexes in the study.

In one test, participants exercised using special fitness equipment, passively listening to music in the background. In other tests, scientists equipped the equipment with the function of playing music precisely when the subjects were working on it. The faster they exercised, the faster the music became played.

As a result, the researchers found that the majority of participants perceived the strain to be less intense when listening to music.

The Faster the Tempo of the Music, the More Work Is Done

A faster tempo of music increases exercise performance on the bicycle ergometer and associated physiological responses. These results were obtained by British researchers from the Sports and Physical Education Research Institute in Liverpool.

Professor Waterhouse and colleagues investigated the effect of the tempo of music on the performance of 12 healthy students with normal levels of physical activity on an ergometer. They pedaled and listened to 6 different music tracks that differed in tempo. They also listened to each of the 6 tracks in 3 versions, the original, 10% faster, and 10% slower.

When listening to music with a faster tempo, whether it was originally a fast song or artificially accelerated, participants performed a greater amount of work. Speed, power, and frequency of pedaling increased. When artificially slowed down, these parameters decreased.

Subjective parameters such as perception of physical exertion, comfort, and whether or not one liked the music were also measured. All of these parameters were also higher for music tracks with a faster tempo.

Favorite Music Increases Productivity

Sports physicians published a study proving that favorite music significantly increases athletes’ endurance and strength during intense training.

Matthew Storck conducted an experiment where he recruited 20 volunteers who had never exercised before and put them on exercise bicycles: after 30 seconds of intense pedaling, the subjects were given a one-minute rest. After recording the readings of the exercise bikes and heart monitors, the subjects were allowed to rest a little longer and then were offered to make playlists of their favorite music and exercise to the recorded tracks. The readings and subjective feelings of exercise severity were recorded again and then compared.

It turned out that the level of fatigue from exercising with favorite music differed to a lesser extent in comparison with exercising without music. The distance covered and the speed while listening to your favorite songs were significantly higher, which means that the workout was not only more enjoyable but also more intense and effective.

Matthew Storck suggested that familiar melodies increase concentration and make the body maintain a certain tempo set by the rhythm of the song. The phenomenon was called the “excitable body response.” Now the university team is working on processing the data and creating a physiological model of the study.

Music Helps You Get Used to Training

You can tell a person endlessly about the health benefits of exercise, but they will not exercise if they are not motivated by goals that are important to them and enjoy the process.

  • The important goal is usually to be in good shape. Appearance motivates people much more than health, but if in a few weeks the belly does not go away and the muscles do not get stronger, motivation comes to naught and the person stops exercising.
  • Enjoyment of the process is a much more sustainable motivation. If sport is perceived as something enjoyable, you are more likely to go for a run or hit the gym after a hard day at work. After all, it’s not a punishment, but a way to relax and have a good time.

Music helps turn exercise into a source of positive emotion. At first, you’ll get high on your playlist, and as you work out, your brain will increase its levels of serotonin, the pleasure hormone.


Those who regularly run and exercise to their favorite music have now found scientific proof of what they’ve long noticed: favorite music helps motivate the body to do more. Listen to yourself and, of course, listen to your favorite music to do great things.

By Erick Ycaza

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style. Surprisingly, I have been blogging and writing about music since 2007.