Fitness & Health, Sport & Exercise Science

Using music and video to make high-intensity exercise more pleasant

Exercising to musicResearch in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology suggests that music-only and music-and-video stimuli lead to the highest enjoyment of exercise, regardless of intensity, among study participants.

The study examined various psychological measures of participants during and after stationary cycling at two intensities. Subjects were exposed to four conditions: music only, video only, music and video, and control.

These results could have salient implications for exercise professionals in improving attitudes of clients who are new or returning to fitness towards activities that they would otherwise avoid due to negative attitudes and feelings of fatigue.

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