For some athletes and for many people who exercise, music is not superfluous; it is essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout. The reason for this, is that music changes the body and mind during physical exertion

Music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency. When listening to music, people run farther, bike longer and swim faster than usual—often without realizing it. In multiple studies, the use of music during low- to moderate-level intensity exercise was associated with clear improvements in endurance.

Selecting the most effective workout music is not as simple as queuing up a series of fast, high-energy songs, however. When creating your playlist, you should consider the memories, emotions and associations evoked by each song. For some people, the extent to which they identify with the singer’s emotional state and viewpoint determines how motivated they feel. And, in some cases, the rhythms of the underlying melody may not be as important as the cadence of the lyrics.

Overall, creating an individualized playlist will help you stay motivated and keep your body moving!