THE BEST WORKOUT MUSIC GETS YOU MOTIVATED
There’s nothing like a great song to raise your energy and motivation level. Listening to music while working out is debatable (especially with runners). But, music can reduce your perceived effort, making your workout more enjoyable.
The best workout music increases efficiency when synced with repetitive exercises like cycling, running, and rowing. A 2008 study found that cyclists were more efficient when cycling in sync to music. These cyclists used 7% less oxygen versus those cycling with only background music. But caution: only use headphones when cycling indoors. You’ll need to stay safe and aware on the road.
To get the most out of music and your workout:
- Determine the type of athletic activity you’ll be doing. (Looking to venture into running? Start here: How to Start Running, Get Stronger, and Increase Endurance)
- Match the rhythm and tempo of songs to your workout. Lifting weights? Try songs with 140 BPM (beats per minute), like Britney Spears “Womanizer”, to lift and lower with the beat.
- How does the song make you feel? Your memories and emotions about a particular song can affect how motivated you are.
THE BEST WORKOUT MUSIC: SONGS
- “Run the World”, Beyonce
- “The Edge of Glory”, Lady Gaga
- “Girl on Fire”, Alicia Keys
- “Respect”, Aretha Franklin
- “Jump”, Van Halen
- “Fighter”, Christina Aguilera
- “Roar”, Katy Perry
- “Bad to the Bone”, George Thorogood
- “Not Afraid”, Eminem
- “Pompeii”, Bastille
WEIGHT LIFTING POWER SONGS
- “Welcome to the Jungle”, Guns N’ Roses
- “Eye of the Tiger”, Survivor
- “It’s My Life”, Bon Jovi
- “Beat It”, Michael Jackson
- “Womanizer”, Britney Spears
- “Beautiful Life”, Ace of Base
- “You Shook Me All Night Long”, AC/DC
- “Fat Bottomed Girls”, Queen
- “The Final Countdown”, Europe
- “Jump Around”, House of Pain
- “Ghost”, Ella Henderson
- “Everybody Talks”, Neon Trees
- “Thunderstruck”, AC/DC
- “Can’t Hold Us”, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
- “Stronger”, Kelly Clarkson
- “Raise Your Glass”, Pink
- “Shut Up and Dance”, Walk the Moon
- “Fight Song”, Rachel Platten
- “Ex’s & Oh’s”, Elle King
- “Timber”, Ke$sha
Do you have a favorite no fail song that gets you moving? Leave a comment below!