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What Music Does for Your Workout

If you don’t listen to music while you work out, then you should start immediately. Music helps eliminate one of the major challenges of exercise, especially on a treadmill, bike, or elliptical, and that’s boredom.

You might think that fatigue of the body is the most challenging aspect of exercising, and yes, that’s the case sometimes. However, if you’re on the treadmill and you’re stuck facing a wall or mirror, you’re going to be very bored very quickly. After about five minutes, it can be unbearable on the mind since you’re not going anywhere, or seeing anything new. This is the reason the newer treadmills have television screens and headphone jacks in them. However, it’s advisable to bring your own music-playing device, in case there’s something else you want to do at the gym.

What it does:

Music helps stave away the boredom when you’re mindlessly repeating the same exercise over and over again. It helps give your body a rhythm and allows you to let focus less on the exercise, and focus more on daydreaming or recalling memories associated with the current song.

However, music does more than keep your mind occupied. Studies have shown that the right music can increase blood pressure and muscle function. In a 2006 study, scientists who measured the effect music had on treadmill users found that those listening to music had increased pace and distance without feeling as fatigued.

What music to listen to:

There isn’t a single sort of music that works for everybody, since everybody has different tastes. Generally, you’ll want to find fast-paced, upbeat music that stimulates your brain rather than relaxing it. Artists like Fall Out Boy, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, and Queen are a pretty good compromise of faced paced, energetic music that isn’t too intense or with a lot of screamo rock.


It's a workout aid without drawbacks or harmful side effects (be conscientious with the volume). It's an easy and cheap way of improving your performance, and the overall experience of working out.


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