Music is known to motivate people regardless of the situation they may find themselves in. According to an article by BBC News, Dr. Costas Karageorghis of Brunel University and Professor Peter Terry of Southern Queensland found that there’s a 1-3% increase in endurance while listening to music. In other words, you can use the same amount of energy with a longer lasting athletic performance.
Dr. Karageorghis explains in his video for BBC News that scans showed an increase of brain activity in the core of the brain known as the Ascending Reticular Activating System, which psyches up the athlete, causing them to perform more efficient. Music helps physical activity particularly when the rhythm/beat of the music is synchronized with the workout. “Music also lowers the perception of effort, so athletes feel as though they’re working less hard than they actually are” says Dr. Costas Karageorghis.
In the study performed by Dr. Karageorghis and Prof. Terry, women were found to benefit more from working out while listening to music than men. It also does not matter whether the athlete is a professional athlete or a recreational athlete: music has the same positive effect for any athlete.
Next time you are looking for a way to boost your endurance, consider making a playlist that will get you more motivated. That little boost of adrenaline will enhance your physical performance and improve your overall stamina.