The idea that music motivates you during exercise is not new, but what is interesting is that recent studies have indicated that music can greatly increase your workout output. The greatest responses to music comes from aerobic or endurance training, for example, cycling or running. Participants were shown to workout significantly longer when exposed to motivational music than with neutral music or none at all. In these studies, it was found that most men and women responded with:
- a brighter mood/outlook
- increased motivation
- reduced feelings of pain or fatigue
- perceived level of difficulty within the workout changed
Music is a major influence on society, so it is no surprise that music gets incorporated within fitness classes and every day workouts. When you have a large majority of people able to access music on their phones or mp3 players it allows for increased convenience and complete customization of individual playlists. While selecting a playlist, there are many great applications you can use to maximize your workout. Here’s a few to check out:
- isweat2thebeat.com - has a huge selection with over 70,000 songs to choose from and are all organized by bpm (beats per minute) and genre
- On iTunes you can download the jog.fm app that plays music from your iTunes library and matches your running pace
- Motion Traxx Radio: Workout Music for Running and Exercise is also available through iTunes. The non-stop workout mixes are designed for running, cardio, cycling, power walking and interval training.
References from the SIRC Collection:
- Brooks, K., & Brooks, K. (2010). Enhancing Sports Performance Through The Use Of Music. Journal Of Exercise Physiology Online, 13(2), 52-57.
- Elliott, D. D., Carr, S. S., & Savage, D. D. (2004). Effects of motivational music on work output and affective responses during sub-maximal cycling of a standardized perceived intensity. Journal Of Sport Behavior, 27(2), 134-147.
- van der Vlist, B., Bartneck, C., & Mäueler, S. (2011). moBeat: Using Interactive Music to Guide and Motivate Users During Aerobic Exercising. Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback, 36(2), 135-145.
- Workout Intensity: What's in a Playlist?. (2010). Running & FitNews, 28(5), 4-6.