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8 Ways Music Can Boost Your Workout

Posted: 07/ 6/2011 12:37 am

I'm nothing without my music. Turn off the tunes and I can't run as fast or bike as powerfully; I can't relax on a plane or enjoy a car ride. We've all felt it: calm music slows our heart rate; fast tunes jazz us up and motivate us to move. And it's scientifically proven to be a powerful fitness tool -- like a jolt of caffeine, with a melody. Here's how the right music can amp up your workout!

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Research shows that increasing the tempo of tunes helped cyclists go further and pedal with more power. A bonus: the cyclists enjoyed the pumped up music more as well.
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A version of this story originally appeared on Self.com.