Well the easy answer is, music you love! If you don’t like heavy metal, then that’s not going to inspire you to do a workout. Compile a list of tunes you love, with specific workout goals in mind. Slower tempo music works for walking or doing weights. Fast paced, high energy music is great for running, boxing or HIIT. A study published last year discovered a direct correlation between fast-paced music and athletic performance.
When compiling your own playlist, make sure your initial warm up song is one that has some personal meaning to you. It’s going to set the tone and mood for your workout. One of my favourite songs is “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. Great song, with some real meaning for me! Other inspiring songs are “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, “Sexy Back”, by Justin Timberlake or “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera. These songs have a lower BPM which is suited for warm ups and strength training, just the thing to get you fired up!
What’s BPM? Beats per minute! The higher the BPM, the faster the song! iPhone and iPad users can download a metronome app, such as Tempo, to help measure the BPM. Or you can look at websites such as https://songbpm.com/ to find out the BPM of a specific song that you love!
Or you can find your mojo with music you love by surfing the internet, dowload Spotify or Pandora and search for some artists or genre’s that help you find your rhythm. Pandora has a 140bpm radio which has an awesome list of workout tracks!
Here are some of my favourite playlists on Pandora:
- 80s Dance Radio
- Classic Rock PowerWorkout
- Electronic Cardio Radio
- Pop Fitness Radio
- Workout Radio
Discover Pandora here: http://www.pandora.com/
Hope you enjoy some happy listening and some motivating workouts!