Study finds music may help you recover from a tough workout

Turns out your iPod may do more than just pump you up.



By Markham Held for

Step to the beat: While plenty of research proves music pumps you up during exercise, the right tunes may also help you recover more quickly from an intense workout, finds a new study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

A team of Israeli researchers had 10 people complete a series of 6-minute sprinting workouts. After 15 minutes, blood lactate concentrations—a reliable measure of muscle fatigue—had dropped roughly 11% more among sprinters who listened to music compared to those who did not, according to the study.

Here’s why: Those runners who rocked out took roughly 120 more steps during the 15-minute cool-down period than those winding down without a soundtrack, the study explains. That low-intensity movement helped speed up the removal of excess blood lactate, and so shortened the runners’ recovery times, the study authors write.

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