We all know that music makes us feel happy, but did you know that listening to music while exercising may actually help you work out harder? According to an article on The Washington Post website, studies have shown that listening to music that fits the tempo of the exercise you are doing, whether it is running, swimming or resistance training, makes you work harder. The article mentions this may be because music both distracts and arouses you, which can help keep you moving no matter how tired you are.
Synchronizing your workout to your music’s beats per minute, or BPM, is a great way to maximize your movement. The National Trainers Association recommends 120-135 BPM for a warm-up song, 120-130 BPM for the cool-down and resistance training songs, 130-145 BPM for walking, and 140-155 BPM for running and cycling.
To check the BPM of your favorite workout tunes or find suggestions, visit the website songbpm.com. The Washington Post article also suggests additional websites where you can buy and download playlists to fit your activity.
Some of my favorite tunes to break a sweat to include:
- Chris Brown – Forever
- Pharrell Williams – Happy
- The Ataris – Boys of Summer
- One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
- Blink 182 – All the Small Things
- Jason Derulo – In my Head
- Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
- Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
- Ke$ha – Blow
- Goo Goo Dolls – Slide
- Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer – Give me Everything
- Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody
- David Guetta featuring Akon – Sexy Chick
- Daft Punk – One More Time
Next time you’re exercising, don’t forget to take your best workout buddy – your iPod!