Effects of music interventions on emotional states and
running performance

We found that runners who could identify motivating songs, that is songs that
motivate them and suited their musical taste associated with positive emotional
states and better performance.

We also found that if you believed that listening to music was effective, then
following an intervention that involved listening to music linked to a more positive
emotional state and better performance.

And so listening to music is a good intervention strategy provided you are
prepared to invest some time to select a motivating play list, and are open to the
possibility that selecting tracks and listening to music when running will be
beneficial.
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