Does listening to music make you run faster? New study has the answer. 

28 Jun

I’ve never run with music (and it’s not allowed in most races), but I’m tempted to sort out a parkrun playlist and give it a go one week.

Is it healthful?

Short ‘n’ healthful article: 

You’re ambling along, until suddenly your favourite song comes on. Your beat, your jam, your rhythm! What was once a leisurely stroll becomes a shoe scuffing sprint. Are you going insane, or does listening to music make you quick? Like, super quick. Well a new scientific study has the answer for you.


In this study a small group of runners went for, you guessed it, a run. The group were assigned to run with either fast music, slow music, or God forbid, no music. Those that listened to fast music ran at a faster pace, achieved a higher peak heart rate, but didn’t feel like they were working any harder than the other groups.

Therefore, based on this study, fast music may directly improve your sport performance, or at least optimise your training sessions, indirectly improving performance. 


Our verdict: moderately healthful, if your music is fast…

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2 Responses to “Does listening to music make you run faster? New study has the answer. ”

  1. photographydream 28/06/2015 at 12:18 pm #

    Interesting read. Funnily, I used to run with music but since the Yoga took over (and I like my mellow music with my Yoga practice) I prefer running without to be able to hear and feel my breath more, to not be distracted from how I feel during the run etc. I just like being aware of things now and music may take away from that. Having said that, back in the days the right tune would propel me forward.

  2. Melanie @ Runnergirlinarockingworld 30/06/2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Interesting! I rarely wear music but I do like to have it for a race and speed work. I like listening to my breathing to help me keep myself in check. But I like the distraction for a race.

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