If you are having trouble sticking to your exercise routine, it may be that all you need is a little music. Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University found that people who listen to music during a workout are more likely to stick to their exercise plan. Those who used music during their workouts also lost more weight and body fat.

Why does music have this effect? It is a motivating factor and is very effective at distracting you from the hard work of exercise, including pain, exertion, and sweating. Although upbeat music is best, you will get the benefits by listening to any music that appeals to you.