Have you already noticed that you run faster and for longer when listening to your favorite music? Music has been proven to help you run faster and improve performance at other sports.
A study at Brunel University London showed that listening to music distracts your brain from effort and pain enough to boost your workout performance by up to 15%.
WHAT SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO?
The most important is that you load your iPod with music you love, because personal preference is the key – and if Total Eclipse of the Heart is the track that makes you pound the treadmill harder, put it on.
The beat in the song also plays an important role. Try using an app like BPM Detector that tells you the beats per minute of any track, to help you make a playlist of same-tempo songs. For a cardio exercise, 134-136bpm is about right. Runners may want high-energy 180bpm tracks, because this matches the ideal rate of foot strike as you run.