If you are a music lover, you already know about the power of a beat or song to uplift your existence. Now, we tell you why workout music helps improve your gym session.

#1 It ups the pace of exercise

According to the magazine Scientific American, workout music enables “rhythm response,” which enables exercisers to synchronize their movements with the music.

A constant beat ensures energy efficiency, and research shows that the best tempo is between 120 and 140 beats per minute (BPM).  Dance and other upbeat music has this tempo, which matches that of an average heart rate during exercise.

“A higher BPM makes people push harder. Syncing this with your exercise increases your efficiency. Music can also help block out that little voice in your brain telling you it’s time to quit,” says Pilates & Zumba trainer Sanaa Vidyalankar.  Groove means to move, and music can make you do just that, by exciting the part of the brain responsible for movement.

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#2 It boosts your mood

Many studies have found that listening to music during exercise can help elevate your mood. An uplifted mood will automatically motivate you to work out even harder.  “Music and exercise make a great team! Working out to upbeat music puts you in the zone, and helps you keep pace with your workouts,” says Saana.

Throw in some motivational lyrics, and you are guaranteed a great session.

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# 3 It distracts you from fatigue

Workout music can help distract you from other sensations such as an escalating heartbeat, sweat, and your achy muscles.  Because it elevates your mood, your physical discomfort becomes insignificant. According to a study published in the Journal of Sports Exercise Psychology, music helps people push their way through fatigue.

Another study mentions that music increases a person’s endurance by about 15% during a workout regimen. So, what are you waiting for? Just plug in a great playlist, and your body will take care of the rest.