While some people enjoy losing themselves in their thoughts while they exercise, others prefer listening to music while they work out. A recent study found that listening to certain music may actually improve your exercise performance. That’s because music can reduce perceptions of fatigue or increase your levels of endurance, power, productivity or strength.
Because different types of music elicit different emotions, the key is to choose the right type of music. Loud, fast, percussive music with a lot of bass will increase arousal, while slower music will help you unwind and cool down. The rhythm of the music should match your movements (most people should use music with 125-140 beats per minute). But, the most important thing is to choose songs that get you energized and ready to work out!