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There’s a reason why it’s called working out.

From putting on your tights to actually stepping onto the treadmill, it’s an uphill battle.

Drive is key to pumping iron and pounding pavement. Where motivation is concerned, music is to exercise as coffee is to mornings – you could probably do without it, but is that really a life worth living? If you’re looking to whip into shape, or aiming to up the ante in your usual workout, simply upgrade your playlist and you’ll find yourself working out harder, faster, and for longer.

Busting fast beats makes you work harder as upbeat tunes have more information for our brain to process, meaning you’re less aware of that side stitch begging for attention. Plugging in will set the pace of your jog, power-charge your pedalling and put some extra swerve in that serve.

If you’re looking to channel the Eye of the Tiger, pick tracks with a fast tempo, and high rhythm response (how much a song makes you want to boogie). Use apps like jog.fm to find tunes that are the perfect tempo for your running speed, or Spring to cherry-pick energetic playlists for your high intensity drills.

Lace up those sneakers, snap on some headphones and cue up the UQ Sport ULTIMATE workout playlist to get you movin’ (disclaimer: UQ Sport is not liable for excessive groovin’).