This Is the One Thing That Can Make Hard Workouts Feel Easier

From TIME - March 6, 2018

If you feel like music gives your workout an extra boost, youre not alone. Now, researchers at Texas Tech University say theyve figured out just how much upbeat tunes can increase our tolerance for intense exercise: In a new study, people who listened to music during a cardiac stress test were able to sweat it out for almost a minute longer than those who didnt.

The new study, which has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, will be presented this week at the American College of Cardiologys annual meeting in Orlando. The authors say their findings put some real data behind what many of us already know: that exercise can make difficult workouts seem easier.

At least on a small scale, this study provides some evidence that music may help serve as an extra tool to help motivate someone to exercise morewhich is critical to heart health, said lead author Dr. Waseem Shami, a cardiology fellow at Texas Tech University Health Sciences, in a press release.

Dr. Shami and his colleagues recruited 127 people, each of whom was already scheduled for a routine electrocardiogram (ECG) treadmill stress test. The exam is used to measure how the heart responds to increasingly strenuous exercise; in this case, both the treadmill speed and incline were increased every three minutes.

Half of the people were randomly selected to listen to Latin-inspired, up-tempo music during their time on the treadmill, while the other half walked in silence. (All participants wore headphones, to prevent the investigators from knowing who was in which group.)


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