Does Music Make You Exercise Harder?

Aug 26, 2010
Outside Magazine

Listening up-tempo music during a workout will make you push harder, even if the effort hurts more, the New York Times reports.

In a British study published last year, volunteers listened to music while riding a stationary bicycle. Researchers manipulated the tempo of the songs playing. When the tempo slowed down, the cyclists did too, dropping their speed, cadence, power and heart rates. When the tempo sped up, not only did the cyclists increase their speed, cadence, power and heart rates, but they also reported that they enjoyed the music more. Although their perceived effort increased with their cadence, they were more motivated to push themselves harder.

Read more about the science behind music and exercise.

--Erin Beresini

Photo courtesy of planetc1 on Flickr.

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