Music and its Effect on Exercise

Finding something that helps you get motivated and stay energized during a workout is essential. Whether you are exercising at home or at the gym, you want to get the most out of your workout. Daily exercise requires dedication and using music as your drive is a great idea. Incorporating music into a fitness routine has shown many positive effects for those who want to get in shape or lose weight.

Energy level- Our bodies have a tendency to want to move with the beat of music, like when we dance. Picking out music with high energy and strong beats will have the same impact on your workout. You will want to keep up with the beat, so the pace of your work out will increase with the tempo.


Endurance- Listening to music is a form of entertainment,. During a workout, being distracted from your own exhaustion can help you extend the length of workout.

Commitment/Weight loss- In a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, they found that those who exercised with music and with a faster tempo, showed a greater amount of weight loss. Those who exercised with music, increased their intensity, and were working harder without even knowing it! More importantly than intensity, music can help adhering to a fitness program easier with a fun workout experience. Using a fun mixture of songs during exercise can help give you a positive outlook for your next workout.

  • Some Fun Advice- Do you struggle finding the motivation to make it to the gym everyday? Yet, you know that you need to exercise. Take a day off from the gym! Change up your routine and still get a good workout in. Grab your ipod and your headphones and dance around your living room for 20 to 30 minutes and score a calorie melting workout, while having a blast.
  • Music on the GO- If you always have your phone on you, use it to listen to music while you exercise. You can download Pandora.com for free and pick out the music and stations that get you moving!

Other Sites:
http://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/musicexercise.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_and_music

http://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/805/

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=78018

http://www.self.com/fitness/2011/07/weight-loss-powers-of-music-slideshow#slide=1

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