Workout Playlists

Working out improves your strength and stamina, helps you resist fatigue, can improve brain function and can help you do physical activities at a faster rate and more efficiently. Using a workout playlist can aid your workout sessions tenfold. So what are the benefits of a workout playlist and why bother using them?

Workout playlists can either enhance or sabotage your workout session. If your goal is to do a fast paced cardio workout, you want to make sure you have the right type of music to help you. If you ever listen to the background music in a workout movie, you can hear that the music has a lot of beats per minute and during cool down, it doesn’t. When you need to run that long distance, music can be the companion you need pushing you through that run. Luckily, if you have no idea how to make your own workout playlist, there are lists out there already created for you. For instance, Shape magazine has a bunch of playlists already. Here is an example of their fast beat cardio mix, along with how many beats per minute there are#:

U2 – Magnificent – 115 BPM
Flo Rida & Wynter – Sugar – 132 BPM
Nelly Furtado & Attitude – Afraid – 117 BPM
Pink – So What – 126 BPM
Christina Aguilera – Candyman – 87 BPM
Rihanna – Disturbia – 125 BPM
The Killers – When You Were Young – 132 BPM
Gwen Stefani – Wind It Up – 120 BPM
Coldplay – Cemeteries Of London – 72 BPM

So why even bother using a workout playlist? Interestingly, playlists can also help signal your need to change your phase of your workout. Each workout session has three phases; warm-up, exercise activity and then cool down. When you begin, you sometimes need that jolt to get you going and get you pumped up. These first songs need to help you achieve that feeling and music can be a powerful motivational tool. While you’re doing your actual exercise, you need to have a constant flow of music, it shouldn’t be too fast or too slow. Finally, during your cool down, you need something that will gradually bring you down and help you relax. Your cool down phase is just as important as your actual exercise activity phase, so don’t pass it up. Here is another example of a play list:

Pearl Jam – Just Breathe – 110 BPM
Lady GaGa – Paparazzi – 115 BPM
Melissa Etheridge – I Run For Life – 91 BPM
Dave Matthews Band – Don’t Drink The Water – 84 BPM
T.I. & Justin Timberlake – Dead And Gone – 134 BPM
Bon Jovi – It’s My Life – 121 BPM
Natasha Bedingfield – Wild Horses – 70 BPM

There are many benefits of using a workout playlist. These workout songs can help is guiding the phases of your workout, they will enhance your workout and it gives you a chance to enjoy something while your working out. Sometimes exercising can be extremely boring, but when using a workout playlist, this gives you something pleasurable to hear and can help you continue the workout and actually complete it. I have given two example of workout playlists, but there are thousands online for you to choose from if you do not want to make your own.