The Psychology Behind Why Music Helps You Work Out
We know that
In general, music has the greatest effect on self-paced exercise:
The benefits of music are largest for self-paced exercise - in other words, those
sportswhere some of the work involved is in deciding when to act, as well as how to act. This means all paced exercises, like rowing or running, rather than un-paced exercises like judo or football. My speculation is that music helps us perform by taking over a vital piece of the task of moving, the rhythm travels in through our ears and down our auditory pathwaysto the supplementary motor area. There it joins forces with brain activity that is signalling when to move, helping us to keep pace by providing an external timing signal. Or to use a sporting metaphor, it not only helps us out of the starting blocks but it helps to keep us going until we reach the line.
It makes sense. After all,
music distracts us from fatigue
The psychology of workout music | BBC Future