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The Effect Of Music On Exercise Performance

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Music synchronized with exercise shows positive physical and psychological effects on the body. ~NCBI 

Listening to music not only just relieves boredom, but it also helps improve the quality of workout. It increases your stamina by putting you in a better mood. When a song has a strong and steady beat, you tend to pedal or run to the beat of that music, making you feel more satisfied and inspiring you to exercise more. 

Benefits of Music While Working Out 

Music has an ergo-genic effect, as well as it triggers a range of emotions, captures attention, regulates mood, induces states of higher functioning, encourages rhythmic movement, and increases work output. Music has been found to have a significant effect on exercise performance and can provide several benefits. Let’s discuss all these benefits in detail! 

#1. Increased motivation

Listening to music during exercise can boost motivation and make workouts more enjoyable. Upbeat and energetic music can stimulate the brain’s pleasure centers, increasing motivation and reducing feelings of fatigue.

#2. Enhanced endurance

Music has the potential to increase endurance during exercise. The rhythmic patterns and music tempo can help individuals regulate their movement and maintain a steady pace. It can be especially beneficial during cardio exercises like running or cycling.

#3. Distraction from discomfort

According to a study published in Science Direct, “Music not only improves  your work capacity, but also delays feelings of fatigue.”

Engaging with music can divert attention away from physical discomfort or fatigue experienced during exercise. This distraction can help individuals push through challenging moments and extend their workout duration.

#4. Improved mood and reduced stress

Music has the power to uplift mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Music releases good hormones, including oxycontin, dopamine, and more in the body, making you feel good and happy. It also reduces cortisol levels, also known as stress hormones in the body, resulting in focusing on a positive state of mind. So, while exercising, music can evoke positive emotions, provide an escape, and create a more enjoyable environment, thus enhancing overall well-being.

#5. Increased intensity and performance

Research suggests that music with a higher tempo can stimulate individuals to increase their exercise intensity. Faster-paced music shows improvement in speed, power, and performance of activities like sprinting or weightlifting.

#6. Synchronization and coordination

Human body has a natural way of synchronizing with music. So whenever you hear fast beat and energetic songs, the more you’ll feel stimulated. Music stimulates the control movements of your brain and helps your body to do repetitive movements efficiently. 

Music with a strong beat can help individuals synchronize their movements and improve coordination. It is valuable in activities that require precise timing and coordination, such as dance or aerobics.

#7. Enhanced focus and concentration

Certain types of music, such as instrumental or ambient tracks, can improve focus and concentration during exercise. It can be particularly beneficial for activities that require mental acuity, such as yoga or weightlifting.


It’s worth noting that individual preferences for music can vary, and the effects of music on exercise performance can be subjective. Additionally, the type of exercise, personal taste in music, and the individual’s psychological state can influence the impact of music on performance. Experimenting with different genres and tempo can help individuals find the music that works best for them during exercise. 

As music has become a crucial part of the workout regime, we, at the Elevation, encourage everyone to bring their earphones and jam out to music of their choice.