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Several research studies have found a link between workout music and improved physical performance during exercise. Listening to music while working out can help keep you motivated and have you pushing harder than you would without it. Plus, it's enjoyable!
Choosing workout music that you find inspirational can amp up your cardiovascular routine at the gym or help you finish out that tough morning run. The music selection you put together will vary depending on what you enjoy and what makes you feel good. Many people enjoy using an mp3 player or iPod at the health club or when exercising outdoors. If you prefer working out at home, you can always turn on the radio or listen to a CD.
There are a few things to remember if you will be listening to music while you are working out. First, make sure the volume level is low enough that you can hear what is going on around you; this is important for safety. Second, select music that corresponds closely to the pace of the activity you will be doing. Finally, try to vary the music periodically; it can help maintain interest and keep you motivated.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|