Researchers at McMasters University have found that when you listen to music while you perform high intensity exercise, the experience becomes more enjoyable. Finally, scientific research that proves you were right all along!
In the study, listening to music made the experience of working out more enjoyable, and made participants work out harder for short bursts of time. Because exercising became a more positive experience, participants didn’t feel negative about it, making them more likely to work out again in the future. This applied for participants who were even first-timers.
But if that’s not even enough to get you motivated to exercise, how about this?
Another McMaster University study found that all you need is 10 minutes to get the same health benefits as you would get from longer periods of moderate-intensity aerobic training – as long as you’re doing SIT.
SIT is a combination of high-intensity spurts of cardio for 20 seconds or so, like cycling, followed by a few minutes of lower intensity cardio as a recovery. Along with a warm up that takes 2 minutes and a cool down that takes 3, SIT takes only 10 minutes to do.
That means all you really need is 10 minutes a day to exercise! Even for the busiest, it is totally possible.