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Need That Extra Boost: Turn Up the Tunes

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.

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CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
Tunes are the only thing that get me thru my workout sometimes
Merlin713 Merlin713 10 years
Music is essential to working out!
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
I cannot exercise without my ipod!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
music makes me happy and want to do stuff so i can see the validity in this.
Grace957 Grace957 10 years
it's amazing how much of a difference playing music can make on your workout. "the prayer" by bloc party is my current fave for running!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Great play list! Thanks, Fit!
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
i have dance mixes i play on repeat :D
Phil Phil 10 years
Amen! Nothing pumps the adrenaline like the perfect song!
marley11 marley11 10 years
I definitely feel like when i listen to music i work harder. especially if it's loud. it motivates me so much more, and i get pumped up to really get a good work out.
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