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Exercise has been linked to mood benefits, and music may increase these effects. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the psychological effects of music and exercise. Exercise was hypothesized to increase mood more significantly in those who listened to music. Listening to music while exercising was also hypothesized to lead to lower perceived exertion and higher exercise enjoyment. Participants (N = 148) completed 20 minutes of moderately-paced walking, either with or without a personal music player. Exercise significantly increased mood in all measured dimensions. Exercise enjoyment was significantly higher among participants who exercised with music and music moderated the effect of exercise on post-exercise pleasantness. The psychological effects of music while exercising are discussed with possible applications to maintaining exercise adherence.
Campbell, Caroline R., "Working it Out: Examining the Psychological Effects of Music and Exercise and Exploring the Theoretical Background of Health Behaviors" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 161.