In a 1911 study, an American researcher noticed that cyclists pedaled faster when listening to music. Since, then, the scientific evidence for building a killer workout playlist has just continued to pile up.
Listening to music during a workout may improve your performance by:
5. REDUCING HOW THE BRAIN PROCESSES THE FATIGUE and pain your body is going through, making exercise more physically pleasurable… or at least a little easier.
“It reduces our perceived exertion, how hard our brain thinks we’re working,” Karageorghis, who is a professor at Brunel University London and has been active in this field of study for over 25 years, tells Inverse. “The parts of the brain responsible for communicating fatigue communicate less when we listen to music.”
4. DISTRACTING YOUR BRAIN from what is going on inside to what is going on outside.
Focusing on your environment provides something for you to concentrate on other than how hard this workout is.
3. ELEVATING YOUR MOOD, making exercising more psychologically pleasing.
“Music taps into the affective [dealing with emotions and feelings] centers of the brain and makes exercise more pleasurable,” Karageorghis says.
2. REGULATING YOUR MOVEMENTS, allowing your respiration rate and heartbeat rate to align.
The rhythm also makes learning new movements easier for your brain. In fact, studies suggest you should pick music that fits well with the intensity of your work out, so you can be in synchronicity.
1. MUSIC BRINGS PEOPLE CLOSER TOGETHER.
In a group exercise class, music can make the whole experience more pleasurable, Karageorghis says.
But there’s more: music is helpful for your exercise also according to what music you’re listening to, how you’re listening to it and why. Here’s how you should select your workout playlist.