Personally, I hate working out without music. I feel as if the music almost motivates me. I lift to the beat of the music, or run to it. I always, always, put upbeat music and make it loud. It makes me want to really work out!
Studies have shown that music has been seen to actually distract the body from the pain one feels when working out. Hense, making it easier to workout for longer periods of time. Studies also say that the faster the music, the faster your body wants to move. So if one, for example, were walking on a treadmill, if he/she was walking to a beat, if the beat was faster they would walk faster, burning more calories.
Listening to music can also focus someone. It can make them put all of their thoughts and effort into that one activity, making a more impressive workout. Going along with the song can also keep someone on track and on the same pace the whole time. If you follow the beat, it makes your workout sturdier. Doing this, can also put you in a better mood. If you are someone who absolutely HATES working out, then being distracted by the music can make you forget you are working out and make you 🙂 Especially if you are someone who love loves loves listening to music.
In a study done in July 2013, researchers looked at the study of music on making your brain excited. They concluded that listening to music actually makes the body want to move around, aka, exercise. In case we are forgetting, music also drowns out the other people loudly working out, making you focus on your own workout more!
Another study was done where scientists studied cyclists listening to music for the first half of their course, for the second half, or for none of it. They concluded that the cyclists that listened for the second half went 1-1.25km/h faster than the others. This concludes that music really does influence the brain when working out!
From everything I have researched, I have decided my hypothesis was correct: listening to music DOES affect your workout, and in a positive way! One other way to test my hypothesis could be putting together an experiment. 10 males & 10 females work out with music, and 10 males & 10 females work out without music, and check their workout success for 5 days and see what I come up with. Could be interesting. So next time you are running out the door to the gym, make sure to grab your headphones, you want to get the most out of your workout!