Listening to Music and Exercise

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 18, 2020 and last updated on July 11, 2023

The topic of listening to music while exercising serves as an excellent conversation topic for English learners, as it combines two widely discussed subjects: music and fitness. Engaging in discussions about this topic allows learners to practice their English skills while exploring the benefits and personal experiences associated with both activities. Additionally, it offers opportunities to expand vocabulary related to music genres, exercise routines and emotions. Conversations about listening to music and exercise provide a platform for learners to improve their speaking and listening abilities, broaden their cultural understanding and connect with others through shared interests.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Listening to Music and Exercise

Listening to music while exercising has become a popular trend in recent years. This harmonious combination brings together two powerful activities that enhance our physical and mental well-being. Music acts as a motivational force, boosting our energy levels and distracting us from the physical strain of exercise. It has the ability to elevate our mood, increase endurance and synchronise movements, ultimately improving the overall workout experience.

Moreover, music stimulates the release of dopamine, a feel-good hormone, intensifying the pleasure of exercise. By merging the joys of music and physical activity, we can create a harmonious symphony that fuels our fitness journey.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • exercise (verb)
  • distracting (adjective)
  • workout (noun)
  • work out (phrasal verb)
  • motivational (adjective)
  • benefits (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you enjoy listening to music while exercising? Why or why not?
  • What types of music do you find most motivating during a workout?
  • How does listening to music enhance your exercise experience?
  • Do you think the tempo or rhythm of the music affects your workout performance? Why?
  • Have you ever participated in a group exercise class that incorporated music? How did it make you feel?
  • Do you think listening to music while exercising is 'cheating'?
  • Should gyms and fitness centers provide music playlists tailored to different exercise routines?
  • Should fitness trainers incorporate music as an essential component in their workout routines?
  • Does listening to music while exercising increase the risk of accidents or injuries?
  • Does listening to music during exercise contribute to a healthier mindset and mental well-being?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.