A new report being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session suggest that listening to music while working out can help boost energy and increase the amount of time you spend exercising.
Waseem Shami, MD, a cardiology fellow at Texas Tech University Health Sciences in El Paso, Texas, and the study’s lead author found that patients scheduled for a routine electrocardiogram (ECG) treadmill stress test were able to run significantly longer while listening to music.
Typically a healthy person will last about seven or eight minutes. As the treadmill speed and incline increases, it becomes particularly challenging to continue. The study found that patients who listened to music during the stress test were able to last a full fifty seconds more on average. This could also have implications for an individual’s daily exercise routine.
Inactivity is a leading cause of obesity and heart disease. Whatever your activity, adding music to your workout could provide the motivation to exercise longer and stick to your fitness plan.
Other studies have shown that developing a workout playlist can distract you from the monotony and fatigue of exercise. It can also provide an exercise “tempo” that helps you maintain a steady pace and make better use of your body’s energy.