Can Music Make You Workout Harder?

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The interplay of exercise and music is fascinating. The interactions between body, brain and music are complex and intertwined — the faster the tempo of songs, the more power in each step or pedal stroke which increases your step/pedal cadences.

Up-tempo music can be a motivate you to push yourself harder during a work out. Of course, it helps to play music you love listening to.

Just how music impacts the body during exercise, however, is only now slowly being teased out by scientists. Music’s dual ability to distract attention (a psychological effect) while simultaneously stimulating the heart and muscles (physiological impacts) makes music so effective during everyday exercise. Music increases your subjective sense of motivation while exercising. So crank up the music and start moving to the beat!

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