10 Reasons You Should Always Exercise with Music

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You’ll improve as a runner

Sync your run to an upbeat playlist and you’ll stay on pace and even improve your endurance. Songs with 140-160 bpm are optimal for running. According to an article in Scientific American, music can act as a metronome, “helping someone maintain a steady pace, reducing false steps and decreasing energy expenditure.”

(Related: Tips for Finding Your Best Pair of Running Shoes)

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Great lyrics are motivating

For many people, music can make the difference between a great workout and no workout at all. And some songs stand the test of time for their power to motivate. (Rocky theme song, anyone?)

Take a look at these lyrics as examples:

“You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine/Just own the night like the fourth of July/’Cause baby, you’re a firework/Come on, show ’em what you’re worth” – Firework by Katy Perry

“I set my eyes to the west, walking away from it all/Reaching for what lies ahead, I got my eye on it/I see my sweat hit the ground/I put my feet in the block/This is the race of my life/And I can’t wait for his shot/I’ve got my eye on the prize and I will not quit” – Eye On It by Toby Mac

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger/Stand a little taller/Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone/What doesn’t kill you makes you fighter/Footsteps even lighter/Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone” – Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

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Time flies

An hour-long workout can seem never-ending, but when you break it down by song it’s a lot easier to handle. Think about it this way: A 60-minute workout is really just 15 of your favourite songs (if each one is roughly 4 minutes in length). That’s basically one album! (Both Adele’s 25 and Taylor Swift’s 1989 run at just under 50 minutes in length.)

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