Short ‘n’ healthful article:
You’re ambling along, until suddenly your favourite song comes on. Your beat, your jam, your rhythm! What was once a leisurely stroll becomes a shoe scuffing sprint. Are you going insane, or does listening to music make you quick? Like, super quick. Well a new scientific study has the answer for you.
In this study a small group of runners went for, you guessed it, a run. The group were assigned to run with either fast music, slow music, or God forbid, no music. Those that listened to fast music ran at a faster pace, achieved a higher peak heart rate, but didn’t feel like they were working any harder than the other groups.
Therefore, based on this study, fast music may directly improve your sport performance, or at least optimise your training sessions, indirectly improving performance.
Our verdict: moderately healthful, if your music is fast. Again not based on the strongest scientific evidence, but it’s definitely worth a try!
I hope this has been healthful. Let me know your thoughts – are you quicker when you listen to music?