But how does this work - is it psychosomatic? Well, according to science, there are some specific reasons why music can help motivate us to workout or at least give us the boost we’re needing half way through. Here’s how music can have a positive influence on your exercise, according to science.
Music can make you work harder
Music can keep you going longer
Music can regulate pace and regimen
The music tempo-pace synchronisation helped cue the person to take their next step or stride and helps regulate, maintain and reinforce their prescribed exercise pace.
Music can help you through that wall
However, a recent study in Nature Neuroscience found that interacting with music through movement, such as exercise, will increase the opioid signals in the brain much more than listening alone does. These - according to Dr Tom Fritz of the Max Planck Institute in Germany - are natural painkillers which act like morphine. So if you feel you’ve hit a wall during training, it might be a good idea to turn up the volume.