Whether you are hitting the gym, running the treadmill, walking or just dancing around, when it comes physical activity it’s fun to break the monotony. Creating a random, funky, yet fun, playlist for your Ipod or mp3 player may just do the trick. It always does for me!
What makes a good workout song? Good workout songs have a beat that falls between 125 and 155 beats per minute, especially when it comes to cardiovascular exercise. This quick beat keeps you moving and motivates you. Songs with a driving baseline are motivating for strength training. Here, are 10 tracks I’ve pulled from my playlist that might inspire you to work up a sweat:
1. Anything by Lady Gaga – She racked up 8 awards at the 2010 Video Music Awards and deserved every single one of them. C’mon, honestly tell me you can listen to “Bad Romance” or “Telephone” and not want to move!
2. “Gonna Make You Sweat” C & C Music Factory – This song is why we love the 90’s. The title alone is motivation.
3. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana– This is a great song, whether you are searching for your inner cheerleader or wishing you were in a mosh-pit. You are bound to need some deodorant at the end of this high
4. “American Boy” Estelle & Kanye West– The track makes you feel like you’re on a runway in Paris with his house baseline.
5. “Just Fine” Mary J. Blige– This is song not only has an upbeat melody but the lyrics are inspiring to anyone who may not be feeling too keen about what they see in the mirror today. Instant ENERGY BOOST.
6. “I love Rock & Roll” Joan Jett & The Blackheart– What more can we say than classic, who wouldn’t want to jump onstage and rock out to this song?
7. “SexyBack” Justin Timberlake –There is always someone dancing in the aisle of some Walmart to this track at any given time. Enough said.
8. “In Da Club” 50 Cent– The song says” it’s your birthday.” If that is not enough motivation I don’t know what else is. All you need to know now is “where’s the party?”
9. “Hips Don’t Lie” Shakira & Wycelf– Shakira alone is hypnotizing. I promise you will have a minimum of 3 minutes to blankout and not think about the grueling workout your doing if you allow yourself to get lost in this track.
10. “Born In The USA”– Bruce Springsteen- Young and Old can appreciate this track, it just exudes positivity and is a great workout ender.