The proof is out there. Listening to music while you’re at the gym or taking a run can improve your mood, amp up the intensity of your exercise, and lengthen the duration of your workout. But, it’s not as simple as hitting the shuffle button on your player. If you want the beats to work to your advantage, here’s what you need to keep in mind:

Create a separate workout playlist, one that should be updated at the end of each week to include your favorite new songs, and tracks that are in sync with your mood and frame of mind. Whether it is the music or the lyrics, tunes on your player can act as mood elevators, keeping you training for longer and harder.

Believe it or not, there is an exacted science on the pace of music that will keep you raring to go. Exercising to the tune of 120-140 beats a minute will lead to an athletic performance—one that will encourage you to sweat it out and really get moving.

In Order
Your playlist should vibe with the different stages of your workout—warm-up, performance mode and cool down.

Warm-up songs should be familiar mood elevators with a moderate tempo. Use lyrics to fuel you further and get you in the zone.

Performance mode warrants high-energy, fast-paced music that makes you feel good about yourself and your body. This is also a good time to listen to tracks that are more music-based, sans the lyrics.

Cool down music should be in sync with your physical activity at this point in the workout—slow, calming and relaxing.

With that in mind, make a playlist that matches the duration of your workout, and remember, safety first; always take care of your headphones and earphone wires while you exercise, to avoid risk of injury. Loop them up and tuck them in if need be.

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With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.