Music, Motivation, & Exercise

"True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body;
the two are united."
~ Alexander von Humboldt ~

Happy Monday :)

Hope you had a relaxing yet enjoyable weekend. I am a firm believer that music, motivation, and exercise are all linked.  There has been some debate in the running world whether or not runners should be able to listen to music during marathons for safety issues.  Some runners felt so strongly that they needed their music/running connection that they risked disqualification from some races.  This significant connection proves music and exercise motivation are linked. What are your thoughts about this topic? 

I personally perform much better with music vs. without music.  In fact, to prepare myself for an awesome workout, I blast the music in the car on the way to Muay Thai :). It can be any type of music as long as YOU like it or feel "pumped" while listening to it.  Music helps me keep a clear mind, get rid of my daily stressors, and puts me in a place where I feel like I can accomplish anything - and keep in mind we, as humans, CAN accomplish anything we set our mind to! 

What effects do music have on individuals?  According to Karageorghis, C. & Priest, D. (2008) of Brunel University, "Scientific inquiry has revealed five key ways in which music can influence preparation and competitive performances: dissociation, arousal regulation, synchronization, acquisition of motor skills, and attainment of flow". (pg. 1).   I agree with the five key ways and see how they can help with exercise and motivation.  The two that stand out are, dissociation and arousal regulation.  Dissociation is at it sounds, a sense of releasing or dissociating yourself from stress, a bad day at work, etc.  As I have explained above, I use music on the way to exercise to dissociate myself with any stress or worries I may have had throughout the day.  Arousal regulation is how ones physical and mental state respond to an action.  For example, if one listens to music to get  "pumped" then they enjoy or experience an "excited feeling" (they have an intense arousal regulation) by the music - it truly gets them ready to workout.  Try these methods, they truly work! 

I look forward to hearing your comments. 

Stay motivated! 

Determined D xo (Please listen, very motivating).  

References:  Karageorghis, C. & Priest, D.  The Sports Journal (2008). Music in Sport and Exercise : An Update on Research and Application. V 11(3). pp. 1-9.


  1. Dear Determined D,

    Thank you for posting such motivational tips! I find it really hard to stay motivated on my own and I find your advice very inspirational! I listen to music before, during, and after my workout to keep me feeling pumped up and fantastic =).

  2. To Anonymous,

    As we reviewed yesterday, music is a fantastic and scientifically proven way to get a positive physical and psychological response. Ever heard of a 'runners high'? I am curious to learn, however, if music helps elicit this response (the runners high)? hmm....that may be something to research. I am pumped even thinking about the music-motivation-exercise connection :).

    Thank you so much for reading/following my blog. Stay tuned! I am going to share some inspirational weight loss success stories soon.

    Stay Motivated!!!

    Determined D. (;

  3. Dear Determined D,

    That's an interesting point regarding the runners high. I'm curious to find out if music can induce the same response as I do not run anymore due to shin splints but I do eliptical training and listen to music :)!


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