Music makes you groove, and music definitely also makes you move.
According to the Brilliant Sound Survey, 68% of respondents say that music helps motivate them to workout when they’re tempted to skip it.
Harder, better, faster, stronger
The motivational role of sound and listening doesn’t stop when the workout gets going. Majority of listeners say that music helps encourage them to workout longer (52%), push themselves further (55%) and exercise with greater intensity (51%).
According to Dr. Daniel Mullenfiesen, a professor of music psychology at Goldsmiths College, UOL, music plays a role in your workout: distraction.
“It basically distracts you from how hard you’re working out and takes your mind off how many more miles you have to run,” he says. “But you focus on something else, which is really important.”
There is a science behind this phenomenon. “Listening to music, especially those that we prefer, releases a host of chemicals into the body which can affect our feelings and behaviours.” explained Evelyn Lee, music therapist and founder of Prospect Music Therapy, an organisation that uses music therapy methods to promote health and well-being for its clients.
“Listening to fast, stimulating music also produces adrenaline which is known to power our performance, especially in sports,” she added.
If music operates somewhat like a drug when it comes to physical fitness and motivation, it appears to be a potent one. Three quarters of listeners say that music has a bigger impact on their workout regimen than any supplement does.
A similar study done in Singapore with 1000 participants had 75% percent of people saying that music has made a bigger impact on their fitness than any supplement. 81% percent of people say listening to great music inspires them to achieve their fitness goals.
Quality sound, peak performance
Sound quality can boost the impact of listening on fitness performance, according to one recent experiment conducted in the United States by Sonos and its research partners. The 3-day experiment measured the physical and mental responses people had while working out in a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) in three scenarios:
1) Listening on low-quality wireless speakers,
2) listening on a pair of Sonos Ones, and
3) working out in silence.
When exposed to high-quality sound, participants reported a 26% increase in positive feelings about their workout and 34% increase in feelings of connection with their workout partners (despite a 3.5% increase in average heart rate and 2% rise in energy exerted).
In other words, great sound enabled people to work out harder without feeling like they were doing extra work.
So the next time you’re about to work out at home, prepare a playlist in advance and start blasting it on your speakers to get yourself in the mood. And with that, you’re going to be back on track to fulfilling your new years’ resolution!