Most of us here at Curiosity need a lot of motivation to get exercising. At the very least, we need some high-energy tunes to get our blood pumping and our legs moving. As it turns out, there's actually some science to back that up as well. According to Professor Costas Karageorghis of Brunel University, listening to the right music might improve your performance by as much as 15%. It's important to remember that when it comes to choosing the soundtrack of your workout, not all music is created equally. While cyclists listening to fast-tempo music worked harder to those pedaling in silence according to one study, another found that the sweet spot was between 120 and 140 BPM. In other words, if it's faster than Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" and slower than Michael Jackson's "Beat It," then it's probably just right.
In the Curiosity shop, we've currently got a high-quality pair of FRESHeBUDS earbuds that can get you pumped up for your own workout. They're sweat-proof and their lightweight design won't interfere with your run, but what really sets them apart is their unique magnetic elements. Snap them together, and they automatically turn off as they hang around your neck. Pull them apart, and they turn on again and you're ready to jam. Better yet, you can easily answer phone calls when you need to, thanks to the earbuds' built-in microphone.