The synchronicity from matching your movements to the beat of the song is instantly gratifying. Studies show that listening to music while exercising can lead to better a higher intensity, faster pace and more concentrated workout. More than half of students studied at two American Universities said they would workout more frequently if they had a music player with them.

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As it turns out, coming up with the songs to fill a workout playlist are also based science. Music at 2-3 Hertz, or 120 to 140 beats per minute, can improve your endurance during a workout. Songs such as “All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor and “Take Me Out” from Franz Ferdinand run at 135 bpm and are optimal for cardio workouts. Workouts that are based on stretching, like pilates, should incorporate slower-paced music from groups and artists such as Levantis and Coldplay.

Learn more on how to create the perfect workout playlist in the infographic below.

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