Whenever a montage of a person working out is shown in a film, I usually hear rock music or upbeat music in the background. Why is this the case? It seems that science holds the enlightening, but unsurprising answer. In a study published in Frontiers in Psychology, it was shown that listening to high-tempo or upbeat music “reduces the perceived effort involved in exercise and increases its benefits.”
These effects were greater for endurance exercises, such as walking, than for high-intensity exercises, such as weightlifting. The researchers hope that the findings could help people to increase and improve their exercise habits.
Find out how upbeat music affects our bodies during exercise, over at Neuroscience News.
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