Having a hard time getting motivated during your warm-up? I'll admit I have this problem sometimes -- I look at the clock during my warm-up and think how am I ever going to make it 35 more minutes?
Well recent research has found that listening to music while warming up can lead to better performance. Heart rates were higher when subjects in the study warmed up with music, and they also perceived themselves as having worked harder. While I'm no scientist, I'd say I definitely agree with this. Music does pump me up. Even if I am just warming up, instead of thinking How am I going to last? I say to myself, Bring it on! If music works to motivate you, you may want to go a step further and crank it up on your way to the gym too!
Need some musical ideas for inspiration? Check out some of the great weekly play lists I've created here.