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In the wake of the annual Grammy awards, you may be mixing up your music choices and learning more about new artists. You may already listen to music while working out, but did you know that your brain and body subconsciously respond to the beat?

Today, we’re going to look at some of the ways that music can enhance your exercise routine.

Music Distracts You

Feeling the burn? Music could help you ignore it for a while, particularly if you choose up-tempo tunes. A great playlist you never want to end is the perfect tool for making exercise fun and effective.

Music Makes You Keep Pace

Ever notice that when you’re working out to your favorite playlist, you work a little harder when a fast song comes up? Beat and tempo play a large subconscious role in how hard you work when exercising, so a well-crafted playlist can really pump up your workout.

Music Makes You Tune Out

Distractions are everywhere at the gym, and it’s easy to get distracted by other patrons. Music can help you tune out the world and focus on your workout. Getting into your “zone” can mean the difference between a mediocre workout and a great one.

Music Improves Your Mood

Hate to exercise? Listening to music can improve your mood and increase your endurance (up to 15 percent, according to researchers at Brunel University). Music often allows people to reflect, and getting into the reflective mindset can elevate your mood to enhance your workout.

Build the right playlist, and you might find you’re actually enjoying your workout, rather than just going through the motions.

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