Does listening to music make you run faster? New study has the answer. 


Is it healthful?

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…

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9 thoughts on “Does listening to music make you run faster? New study has the answer. 

      1. Oh my, cycling fits my personality perfectly… And I’m not using the word “perfectly” lightly. I ran for more than a decade before I tried a triathlon because I wanted to shake the running up. Once I got my hands on a decent bike, running’s days were numbered with me.

        I get a midlife crisis hobby, without the divorce, STD’s, outrageous expense (sports cars)… My wife wasn’t pleased about the initial outlay of cash but now that we own everything we need, it’s just good times and noodle salad.

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  1. Cannot agree with the article or the comments. It all assumes that it is good to train faster than you normally would – which is not necessarily so. I run without music which i find spiritually uplifting, calming and giving me some me time. On the only 2 occasions I have run with music I have ignored my surroundings and not felt any calmer at the end of the run. Sorry guys but definitely not for me.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Yeah, good point it probably removes that aspect of running.

      I also believe some people may run faster being more in tune with their surroundings, breath, etc., despite that not being every individual’s desired goal. Scientific studies often fail to account for interindividual differences.


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