by Keila Chaliotis, Staff Writer
If maximum results are what you want, then you cannot beat a quality playlist that will motivate you to continue going forward. Studies show that elite athletes who trained with music where able to run for 1.5 minutes longer, because music helps the brain to regulate our heart rate and oxygen usage. Our bodies seem to relax slightly as a respond to music, which betters efficiency of blood flow while exercising to help us go stronger for longer, plus get the best out of fitness training classes.
One thing that also has an impact on the results you can get is the kind of music you tune your ears to. Using your favorite kind of music is the best thing that you can do when it comes to creating a playlist that you want to motivate you in a way that will allow you to carry out your exercise routine. It is a distraction to your brain and body that will keep you from feeling the full burn of your workout plan and it is even better if you love music because it makes it a more positive experience!
Let me give you some insight on how to make the perfect playlist that will take you to reach your exercise goals.
If burning some calories is what you want to do, then the next time you take yourself for a nice run through the park, I suggest that you pick a tune that is around 150 beats per minute.
For those who are iPhone and iPad users can download a metronome app, such as Tempo, to help measure the beats per minute. People that are more musical minded tend to run in time to the beat, but others like to run to anything they may have found to be motivating.
Maybe for you, walking is your exercise of preference, so songs that have 120 to 130 beats per minute is more ideal for you. If picking something with that beat seems to help you maintain the pace in a nice and brisk way, then you are ready for a nice workout and heading up towards a leaner and fitter you!
Here are some suggested songs for your daily exercise routines that you can listen to and maybe even like enough to place them on your playlist:
Music for running
Mr Brightside – The Killers
I Need A Hero – Bonnie Tyler
Telephone Remix – Lady Gaga and Beyonce
Music for walking
Titanium – David Guetta, feat. Sia
Don’t Phunk With My Heart – Black Eyed Peas
You Spin Me Right Round – Dead Or Alive
Are your intentions to stack on muscle? Then when it comes to weights, you have to choose tunes that make you feel awesome! The purpose of it all is to keep you occupied and entertained while you do it. Remember that what is helping you to enjoy your workout is the music and not the beat. Songs with positive lyrics like the following one below can help you increase your endurance and prepare you mentally for a good workout.
Music for weight training
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Sexy back – Justin Timberlake
Stronger – Kanye West
These songs can help you mellow out and feel like your workout is just another walk in the park. Yoga is most likely to be done in silence, but music can actually be used to enhance your practice. It allows your mind to get lost in the movements. Music can be inspiring and motivates gets the job done on getting you back on your daily fitness plan.
Songs for yoga
Doldrums – Ame
Teardrop – Massive Attack
Les Nuits – Nightmares On Wax
There are tracks like these and more others that can bring out the best you, plus they can easily be downloaded from the internet onto your iPod or MP3 player.
If you are looking to go on and on like the Energizer Bunny, you need to plan a long playlist that will keep your motivation levels high. It doesn’t matter if you are into rock, pop, or dance, just pick whatever you think is going to help you enjoy your bike riding around the neighborhood
Songs for cycling
Best Of You – Foo Fighters
This Is How A Heart Breaks – Rob Thomas
Don’t Hold Back – Potbelleez