As late fall arrives and temperatures drop, it's important to keep your motivation up and workouts on schedule. It's tough when fresh air, blooming flowers, beautiful trees, rivers and mountains become reflections in gym mirrors and TV screens. What can you do? Bump up your music. Music is one of the strongest contributors to peak performance, which is why USA Track & Field, the national governing body for distance racing, banned athletes from listening to it when competing for money and awards. According to Scientific American, "Music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency. When listening to music, people run farther, bike longer and swim faster than usual—often without realizing it. In a 2012 review of the research, Costas Karageorghis of Brunel University in London, one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of exercise music, wrote that one could think of music as "a type of legal performance-enhancing drug." Music influences our systems in many ways. When we exercise in synchronicity with tunes, it helps us use energy more efficiently by reducing the number of false steps we take and by helping us keep a steady pace. It also helps stave off distractions such as fatigue, boredom or staring at oneself in a mirror. When the body wants to focus on tired muscles, difficulty breathing and sweat dripping--all signs of hard exertion--music disrupts the physiological feedback loop that makes us want to stop. So, as you head to the gym, never forget your music. Even if you don't want it at first, you might find that it's the only thing that will rescue you when the going gets tough. Tyr this playlist. It is super fun with great beats and rhythms! Welcome To New York, Taylor Swift Rumor Has It, Adele Bounce (feat. Kelis), Calvin Harris Bang Bang, Ariana Grande Chandelier, Sia We'll be Coming Back, Calvin Harris Habits, Tove Lo Counting Stars, One Republic The Monster, Eminem (feat. Rihanna) Maps, Maroon 5 All About The Bass, Meghan Trainor Fancy, Iggy Azalea Summertime Sadness, Lana Del Ray I Wish You Would, Taylor Swift