I don’t know about you but when I grab my iPod and go for a run and find out the battery is dead my motivation to workout is disappears! No question, music is a HUGE motivator for exercise. Not only will thinking about listening to great tracks get you pumped up for your workout, but the tunes themselves can actually help you increase your workout intensity and duration to get better results.


From my own experience in working out and training others, I know how important music is to the experience and success of the session—the high and energy that can only come from the right playlist. “Studies have shown that listening to music during exercise can improve results, both in terms of being a motivator (people exercise longer and more vigorously to music) and as a distraction from negatives like fatigue,” says The New York Times in “They’re Playing My Song: Time to Work Out,” their story on the issue.
Based on the research of Dr. Costas Karageorghis, an associate professor of sport psychology who rates music according to its “motivational qualities for various physical activities,” The Times reported that the key factors for songs for working out are: