Exercise With Music To Improve EnduranceMarch 2nd, 2020
Exercise always feel better when you are listening to music, right? There are certain beats that just really connect with us and our motivation and energy increase. For me that is often drum ‘n ‘ bass, although I like anything with a decent beat and melody. This is why group fitness classes are popular, because the music really helps you get into the movement and moment, and why headphones are often necessary when training on your own.
A study in 2017 by Thakare, Mehrotra and Singh tested the effect of music on exercise performance in young untrained subjects. Submaximal exercise performance time duration was tested on 25 male and 25 female subjects with and without music. They recorded resting heart rate, maximal heart rate during exercise, and time of exercise duration.
They found that the total exercise duration in whole group with music was significantly greater than exercise duration without music. Maximal heart rate was observed to be statistically significantly higher with music than without, although there was no significant correlation between duration of exercise, music and change in heart rate.
The study theorised that music increases duration of exercise in both males and females, and therefore can improve endurance.
So if you are in need of some gym or training motivation, pop on your favourite playlist, plug your headphones in and go smash it.
Here is a link to my current training playlist on Spotify, have a listen and let me know what you think: Spotify Training Playlist
Source: Thakare, Mehrotra and Singh. Effect of music tempo on exercise performance and heart rate among young adults. Int J Physiol Pathophysiol Pharmacol. 2017; 9(2):35-39.
To read the full research paper visit this website:
Effect of Music Tempo on Exercise Performance and Heart Rate Among Young Adults