New research clarifies why music and exercise make such a good team, and how to create an optimal workout playlist

In the last 10 years the body of research on workout music has swelled considerably, helping psychologists refine their ideas about why exercise and music are such an effective pairing for so many people as well as how music changes the body and mind during physical exertion. Music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency.

Source: Let’s Get Physical: The Psychology of Effective Workout Music – Scientific American