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The Connection Between Fitness and Music

With swimsuit season just around the corner, millions of people are working their butts off to gear up for summer. It can be tough though to stay motivated. That, my friends, is where music comes in. Just as important as those broken-in shoes is our inspiration and motivation. And, for many of us, it’s music.

It seems like very rarely do you see anyone working out without music — especially this girl right here. I can’t even go for a run without music. If I don’t have my headphones, you can bet I’ll be walking the whole way. It sounds crazy, but I can’t help it! It’s workout playlists that keep me going. The impact it has on my workouts is incredible. So, when I found out that one of my favorite sources for music, Pandora, conducted a study on the ties between fitness and music, oh, was I intrigued.

I often use Pandora during my workouts. They have a crazy selection of workout playlists — everything from hip hop to 80s cardio. In their recent study, they polled a group of men and women of all ages to find out how people felt about working out with music. Here are the results!

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Any of these stats surprise you? I have to be honest, all these stats were spot-on for me! Music = everything. —Erika

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  1. Cassie says:

    I love music so much!

  2. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS says:

    I usually time the end of these songs: AFRICA and DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE? right near the finish line of my competitive races. It usually results in a winning running medal!!!

    1. Jenn says:

      LOVE that!


  3. Great idea with a health benefit

  4. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS says:

    BTW, my PRs for running for males 226 pounds+: 2.5KM 11:39 3KM 13:56 5KM 22:58 8KM 39:15 and 10KM 45:53.
    My 10KM time was done at 244 pounds!!!!!

  5. Thank you , a very helpful article and right to my point.

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