Music’s Effect on Exercise

815 Words Feb 19th, 2018 3 Pages
This could just be for a distraction, especially if you do not like to exercise, but it can also help to increase your speed or to help motivate you. There are many studies that are able to prove that music helps for many people when they listen to music. Although most music helps with exercising, there are types that help much more. For example, a more upbeat song will help motivate you a lot more than a song by Mozart. Another study done in 2003 study by Wilson Atkinson took sixteen physically active people and looked to see how they would react to fast paced dance music while cycling. While listening to this music, the subjects showed a big difference in the overall distance. A study that took place in 2002 at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia took 12 male college students and tested the rate of perceived exertion. Rate of perceived exertion is the amount of effort someone gives off. These 12 subjects rode exercise bikes in ten-minute intervals with a five-minute rest break. This study validated that listening to music while exercising helps significantly. This also showed that men listening to music pedaled eleven percent further than those who had no music. Another study done in 2003 study by Wilson Atkinson took sixteen physically active people and looked to see how they would react to fast paced dance music while cycling. While listening…