New research finds that the right music can help you run faster – we find out more...
Artists to make you run faster
Beyoncé is not just the queen of female empowerment – she could actually help us to get a PB. Her music was found to improve a whopping 33 seconds per KM off our average running time. And she wasn’t alone: Harry Styles’ upbeat tracks averaged an improvement of 31 seconds per KM, while Britney boosted speeds by 28 seconds per KM.
Artists for your slow runs
The study also revealed which artists reduced running pace. And while this might not sound like a good thing, we reckon it could be the key to nailing the slow and steady mileage needed when training for a race.
Drake was the musician most likely to slow us down by far, adding 21 seconds on average to each KM. Meanwhile, K-Pop boyband BTS slowed participants down by 9 seconds per KM, with Doja Cat adding 5 seconds.
How to curate your own playlist
Pour Moi clothing, who did the research, have done some clever calculations to help you work out how to curate your music. They’ve shared charts of the top 15 artists to help you run both faster and slower, along with how much could expect your pace to change over different distances. We don’t know if these have been tested out thoroughly yet – but it definitely can’t hurt to give it a try!