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Upbeat music can improve your workout. This, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia.

A group of 24 participants completed three 20-second sprints, with a two-minute rest in between, under three different conditions. During one workout, participants listened to motivational music, or music with a fast tempo; in another, they listened to a podcast; and in a third, they listened to no audio.

After, participants reported the greatest enjoyment in exercising to motivational music. Additionally, they had a higher heart rate and greater exercise intensity when listening to music compared with the other conditions.

This study indicates that motivational music can help people enjoy exercise and work harder during their workouts. 


Stork, M. J., Karageorghis, C. I., & Martin Ginis, K. A. (2019, November). Let’s Go: Psychological, psychophysical, and physiological effects of music during sprint interval exercise. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Retrieved from

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Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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