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Doesn’t it feel like you run faster, lift with more motivation, or beat your best times when you’re listening to the right playlist? Well science says you could be right in thinking music is one of the best additions you can make to your sweat sesh.
Listening to music while you work out has been shown to reduce the perceived effort ahead of you, which is pretty enticing when you’re struggling to pull your joggers on and your bed is calling your name so loud it’s hard to ignore.
And the good vibes don’t end there.
Music can also boost your mood, dull pain and make you less tired. When we listen to music, the brain releases chemical opioids which are natural painkillers, and the more you interact with the music, the more opioid signals are released – even more reason to get moving!
Dr Costas Karageorghis, deputy head of research at the School of Sport and Education in the UK, explains that "at the point at which your body is shouting ‘STOP’, music has the power to lift your mood and beckon you on.”
Not convinced? We partnered with Spotify to create your ultimate summer workout playlist and once you throw it on, it’ll be hard not to get moving.