It’s all about the music peeps, that’s it!
Hundreds of studies have been conducted, all confirming one thing — your rate of perceived exhaustion (how hard you think you’re working) on a 1-20 scale drops 4-7 levels while listening to music with elevated BPM (beats per minute). That drop in exhaustion level effectively means you can work up to 15% harder than without music, and not even know it!!
There are a lot of reasons for this. Music is distracting for one, simply giving you something else to focus on. Beyond that though, it provides a pacing advantage with the body’s natural inclination to move to a beat. It also allows for additional endurance, and effects Serotonin and Dopamine levels, both of which raise confidence and tell your brain you can do more. How cool is that?!
I notice the difference in my effort level immediately with vs. without tunes. My complete workout playlist is 400+ songs long, but here’s my most recent faves — try it, I know you’ll feel the difference.