Music as an Exercise Motivator

Reply Mon 14 Jan, 2008 06:56 am
Studies have shown that listening to music during exercise can improve results, both in terms of being a motivator (people exercise longer and more vigorously to music) and as a distraction from negatives like fatigue. But are certain songs more effective than others?

Generally speaking there is a science to choosing an effective exercise soundtrack, said Dr. Costas Karageorghis, an associate professor of sport psychology at Brunel University in England, who has studied the effects of music on physical performance for 20 years. Dr. Karageorghis created the Brunel Music Rating Inventory, a questionnaire that is used to rate the motivational qualities of music in the context of sport and exercise. For nearly a decade, he has been administering the questionnaire to panels representing different demographics, who listen to 90 seconds of a song and rate its motivational qualities for various physical activities.


Well, it seems that the academics have figured out what I have known for quite some time. Using certain kinds of music as a motivator while exercising can be very effective. In my gym, the stuff that they play can put you to sleep. I find that disco music is just great for getting the body moving.

Apparently, I am behind the times. I looked at the links in this article about favorite workout tunes, and was not familiar with the vast majority of them. But if I put on a Donna Summer CD, I really get moving.

Do you exercise to music? What kind of music do you find most conducive to doing your best at your workout? What are your favorite workout tunes?
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Reply Mon 14 Jan, 2008 07:52 am
Here are two of my favorites:

Link to "Crunch"

Link to Pure Disco Volume 2
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Reply Mon 14 Jan, 2008 08:01 am
My top movers are Prince, Sean Paul, Orishas or Manu Chao, T-Rex, select Indian songs (I have a mixed CD i made - some fast, rhythmical Hindi, some Malayalam and Tamil songs)....so all over the board. But most often it's Prince.
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Reply Mon 14 Jan, 2008 09:32 am
I find that "Eight Days a Week" works right into my natural running
rhythm. But I never wear head phones while running. I just play it in my

Speaking of disco, I still like skiing to "The Hustle" -- once again, played
in my head.
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Reply Mon 14 Jan, 2008 02:44 pm
Some people like music to go with the flow.

I like talk radio or a reading rack. I have a horror of being bored, bored, bored.
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