Health Tips: Effects of Music During Treadmill Walking

A current study examined the impact of motivational music and oudeterous (neutral in terms of motivational qualities) music on endurance and a range of psychophysical indices during a treadmill-walking task.

Experimental participants selected a program of either pop or rock tracks from artists identified in an earlier survey. Results indicated that endurance was increased in both music conditions and that motivational music had a greater ergogenic effect than did oudeterous music.

In addition, in-task affect was enhanced by motivational synchronous music when compared with control throughout the trial. The experimental conditions did not impact significantly upon RPE or exercise-induced feeling states, although a moderate effect size was recorded for the latter. The present results indicate that motivational synchronous music can elicit an ergogenic effect and enhance in-task affect during an exhaustive endurance task.