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Beat Your Best Running Time

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A well-stocked iPod will not only make your treadmill training go by faster, but the right tunes can significantly turn up your endurance levels. When 30 gym-goers ran on a treadmill while listening to such up-beat favorites as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queen, they were able to boost their running capacity by a whopping 15 percent, according to English researchers.

Turns out, listening to up-beat music subconsciously forces your body to run at the pace of those tracks, found the scientists. What’s more, the study subjects also experienced increased amounts of pleasure from their music-accompanied training, even when running vigorous sprints. Load up your MP3 player with songs that contain 120-140 beats per minute (BPM). For example, Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and the Killers' “Mr. Brightside” fall within that range.

Not sure how many BPMs are in your favorite songs? Go to beatunes.com, and for $25, you can download an iTunes add-on that’ll analyze the tempo of your tracks and log their BPM rates accordingly.

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David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Running, Race, Energy System Development, Cardio, Heart Rate