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Listening to music adds 19 minutes to average workout

Turning on your favourite tune could add as much as 19 minutes to the average workout, a study has found.

Listening to music adds 19 minutes to average workout

The average fitness session, when accompanied by music, can last as long as 58 minutes compared with only 39 minutes when working out in silence, according to the latest study.

British sportswear company Sweatband quizzed 1,600 adults who actively engaged in exercise. Six out of 10 claimed to listen to music while working out, 35 per cent of which claimed it “distracted them from the pain and intensity.”

A further 28 per cent claimed that it “helped them break up the monotony”, leading them to “exercise for longer.”

22 per cent of adults questioned believed that listening to music assisted them to lift more weights during resistance or weight training.

For the study to determine whether music had any conclusive statistical benefits on fitness levels, participants were asked how long they spent working out on average.

The results also found that dance music was the most popular music genre for exercisers, followed by rock, hip-hop and pop music.

Those who opted not to turn on their favourite tune while jogging or hitting the gym cited not wanting to be distracted or being conscious of traffic dangers as their main reasons for working out in silence.

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