Not that I needed a scientific study to confirm this, but music has quantifiable benefits to your exercise regimen. Not to be melodramatic, but it’s nearly impossible for me to work out without music. I get the doubting devil on my shoulder shouting, “You could be home having a beer right now.” Or, the simple “This is too hard! This is too hard! “This article in The New York Times is an interesting examination of the psychology of music as it relates to effective exercise. Interestingly, there’s a rating system on how motivating a song is.