Let’s face it: It’s always much easier to start an exercise plan than to stick to it. Well, what if today were different? According to a new study published in the journal Psychology of Sports and Exercise, a Spotify playlist of motivational songs may power you through even the longest run.
Motivational music can lead to better exercising
The World Health Organization guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week. These goals can be really unreachable for you if you don’t love exercising. But listening to motivational music can help you stick to your exercise plan and improve your performance.
In the study, the researchers found that the participants' peak power output and heart rates were higher when listening to motivational music than listening to podcasts or to no audio. The participants also enjoyed exercising much after listening to music.
"People I find who may have trouble staying with an exercise program or who begin one and quit after a month may find this as a method to help them enjoy it," said Costas Karageorghis, one of the study's authors.
Some professional trainers also claimed that music could affect her health and happiness. "There was something about that beat and the guitar playing that would just kind of set the mood to where I could lift heavier and almost get to the point of getting a little angry," said Paige Cervantes.
How to create your playlist?
A good start is to look for music that is suitable for the pace of a brisk walk, like Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, Ke$ha’s Tik Tok and Bon Jovi’s It's My Life. Over time, as your workouts intensify, you can look for something much faster, like Michael Jackson’s Beat It, Kanye West’s All of the Lights and P!nk’s Who Knew. Or you can simply search “workout” on Spotify, where you can find as many as workout playlists.
Besides, try to devote time and energy to create your own playlist instead of selecting music randomly. This can make you enjoy your workout much more.
Ideally, you should change your playlist every couple of weeks, which can keep things fresh and stimulate you better than listening to the same playlist over and over.
So, get started and create your own playlist! But don’t make the music too loud. You should be able to hear the person next to you when listening to music.