From my personal experience, music makes a huge difference in how hard I exercise. During my daily run, I start to lose momentum around mile two and that's when I need to hear something good. After I've flipped through what seems like a zillion songs, I find a newer one that gets me going and I get instantly energized. No doubt it's totally mental because I haven't changed anything physically. But it really does work. Even the pause in between songs gets me tired. Perhaps it's because I can hear myself breathing and I remember how hard I'm working. Is the brain that easily tricked? Does music make a difference in how hard you exercise?
-Jeannine Borasch, MS in Exercise Science & Health Promotion