My recent experiment combined my passion for walking and behavioural effects of music. And since it's rather annoying to write this blog as if it's a psychology paper, I'd just come to the point. For an entire day, I decided to listen to the Scottish band Proclaimers' hit number 'I'm gonna be (500) miles' to see if I walk more that day. If you remember the song, it's about a lover proclaiming his love for his partner by saying he'd gladly walk a 500 miles, all just to fall at his beloved's door. Deep stuff. You know the song. It's the one that would always play on loop in Marshall's car in How I Met Your Mother. And like the cast in the series, I had to agree, the song has immense repeat value.
So for all day I listened to it. I even used state-of-the-art measuring equipment (Read Google Fit - the bug-filled pedometer app from Google). Then I went about my day as usual. And you would never guess what happened next. I actually ended up walking much less on that day. In fact, on other days (31st March and 2nd April) when I was listening to the music I listened to usually I walked more. Which proves that your motivation to walk isn't at all influenced by the music you listen to.
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