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How Music Can Affect Your Workout

Updated on June 1, 2010

If you are struggling to maintain your enthusiasm when working out, why not try introducing music to your fitness regime or changing the music that you are currently using? You might think that your choice of background music does not have any effect on your workout, but experts suggest that what you choose to listen to while working out can have a significant impact on how much you get out of your fitness routine. 

It increases your motivation

Studies suggest that listening to energetic music while exercising can improve your mood and make you less likely to flag. This can be invaluable if you are doing high intensity workouts to burn fat, as it means that you can gain more from the workout and make greater progress towards your fitness goal(s). Experts suggest that the beat of the music encourages you to exercise at a similar pace, and that using music with a fast beat will speed up your workout pace if you are doing cardiovascular work. According to Dr Costas Karageorghis, the optimum beat should be somewhere between 120 and 140 beats per minute. Other sources suggest that 115 to 135 beats per minute is sufficient for low impact workouts (such as walking, jogging, cycling and using gym equipment) while 135 to 165 beats per minute works best for high impact workouts (such as high impact aerobics and walking, jogging or cycling at a faster pace).

However, tracks with energetic beats will not always be the right choice. For example, a fast number is not the best option if you are doing yoga or Pilates as the aim is to be as relaxed as possible. In this situation, classical music can work well.

It monopolizes your attention

Focusing on the beat of the music or on the lyrics can take your mind away from your muscle fatigue and makes it less likely that you will abandon your workout because you are feeling the "burn" too much to continue comfortably. Experts suggest that music acts as a distraction to the extent that it negates the nagging "voice" in your head that encourages you to stop exercising before your workout is finished. Research from Brunel University in the UK suggests that your endurance can be increased by as much as fifteen per cent if you listen to music during your workout. 


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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Now that was interesting. Thank you

    • raguett profile image

      raguett 7 years ago

      very interesting.thanks for sharing.... :)