Exercise is like marmite: some people love it, while others hate it. But if you fall into the latter category, fear not – scientists reckon they’ve found a way to make your time spent in the gym more enjoyable, and it’s pretty simple.
Researchers at Brunel University in London have revealed that listening to musicwhile you’re working out could make things more enjoyable.
This might seem a bit obvious. After all, it’s no secret that music can elicit an emotional response from the listener – making us feel happy, sad, angry or even motivated – which is why so many people find it so much easier to run while listening to music.
However, for this particular study, the researchers wanted to look specifically at how the brain responds to music when we exercise using electroencephalography (EEG) to help them along the way. Study co-author Marcelo Bigliassi and his colleagues explained:
“The brain mechanisms that underlie the psychological effects of auditory stimuli during physical activity are hitherto under-researched; particularly so in ecologically valid settings.”
“The EEG technology facilitated measurement during an ecologically valid outdoor task, so we could finally explore the brain mechanisms that underlie the effects of music during real-life exercise situations.”