I totally agree that listening to music can enhance your performance while working-out and in return lets you hit your goal more successfully, plenty of studies have shown that music increases concentration, lowers perception of effort, provides ongoing stimulus and generally leaves you feeling more positive.
A good beat can help you keep pace.
The rhythm of your workout music stimulates the motor area of the brain as to when to move, thereby aiding self-paced exercises such as running or weight-lifting. Cluing into these time signals helps us use our energy more efficiently, since keeping a steady pace is easier on our bodies than fluctuating throughout a sweat session.
You really can’t stop the beat! Researchers found that when music possesses “high-groove” qualities, the brain gets excited and induces movement in the listener. Basically, your playlist has the ability to make you move — no matter how much you’re dreading that workout. [source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/01/why-exercise-workout-music-playlist_n_4173931.html]
Other advantages of having music in your work-outs
- It ups your effort.
- Music puts you “in the zone”
- Music can elevate your mood
- It makes you want to move
- Music is the good kind of distraction
These just complete my love for music and exercising, maybe I can go totally yamaha on my next playlist..