The right playlist can do more than just motivate you during a workout. It’s often been said that music at the proper tempo can increase our ability to make it through a workout and to get better results. According to a new study, that is exactly the case!
Researchers found that high-tempo music can inspire you to exercise harder, music equal to about 170 beats per minute can boost your cardio benefit and make you feel less tired.
If you are musically inclined you can count the number of beats in a minute yourself in order to determine if a song is the right tempo. But for those who are less inclined you can check a few websites online. To find out the bpm of your favourite songs try songbpm.com or if you just want to find a group of songs in a bpm range, say 170 bpm, you can try getsongbpm.com
The study’s author said, “Listening to high-tempo music while exercising resulted in the highest heart rate and lowest perceived exertion compared with not listening to music.” The benefits were best during endurance exercise like brisk walking, running, biking, and swimming, and not as good for exercises like weightlifting and high-intensity interval training.
The study is published in Sunday’s journal Frontiers in Psychology.