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JUMPTO THE BEAT

Need an excuse to beef up your music library? The right playlist could be the key to better fitness and greater motivation. Time to listen up

When a Lycra-clad Olivia Newton-John sang Let’s Get Physical, she was tapping into a wellestablished trend: music and fitness go together like dodgy legwarmers and 1980s aerobics videos. Think about it: when was the last time you went to a gym without upbeat chart-toppers piped throughout the building, or set out for a run without your trusty headphones firmly in place?

Something about pounding beats and swelling tempos gets us pumped, and with more than 25 million workout playlists created on music streaming service Spotify, there’s got to be some science behind it. ‘The power of music is real,’ says Dr Costas Karageorghis, expert in sports psychology at Brunel University, London. ‘It really does enhance our workouts.’

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Clean up your act with our special Cleaner Beauty issue! Inside, you’ll find our guide to the best results-driven natural ingredients for glowing skin and glossy hair, and the lowdown on this year’s hot trend, ocean beauty. We explore the rise of adult allergies and Myleene Klass talks female empowerment, body confidence and fitness for real women. Plus, how to reboot your motivation, meat-free bank holiday feasts, and we investigate the impact of the sugar tax. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!