Motivation and music will inextricably be tied to the process of weight loss. The combination of the two produce such a powerful response that without utilizing both during exercise, losing weight becomes burdensome. Without each component working harmoniously, I know I would have long ago given up on this journey.
The term motivation thrusts itself into the spotlight whenever one sets out to achieve a goal. This word gets thrown around when society prods into the mindset of individuals seeking to bring about meaningful changes. How badly do you want this is simply another way of gauging motivation. Without motivation, the doer most assuredly cannot perform. That is a given. However, there are limits to one’s ability to keep themselves performing without too many hiccups and where motivation fails, music can act as a buffer between the dream and the uncushioned pangs of reality.
According to Christopher Bergland in Psychology Today, a good playlist “can dial up a mood, mindset or perception on demand by choosing music that elicits a specific emotional response in you.” This means that music can amplify that daily feeling of motivation felt just before a workout. It can take an okay workout and make it a good one. Bergland states that “music is one of the most powerful neurobiological tools we have to change our mood, mindset, and behavior.” Furthermore, an article from Experience Life Staff explains that music is an integral part of working out because “music helps athletes dissociate from sensations of fatigue.” This dissociative experience enables athletes to continue to push through a workout or a practice.
In my personal workouts, I make sure to have my headset and phone fully charged. I make sure I listen to music that activates my ego and imagination as I bask in the fullness of masculine energy. I’ve heard it said that one shouldn’t get too dependent on music while working out. That idea perplexes me. If music, with all these properties, enhances performance, why would it not be used as a tool at every opportunity?
This article was written with the following references:
Bergland, C. (2012, December 29). The Neuroscience of Music, Mindset, and Motivation.
Retrieved October 29, 2018, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201212/the-neuroscience-music-mindset-and-motivation
Bannan, K. (2013, April 15). Music = Motivation. Retrieved October 29, 2018, from