We’ve all been there; you’re full speed on the treadmill with motivating music blasting in your ear, and all of a sudden, it shuffles to a slow song. Nothing can be more detrimental to your workout than the wrong song at the wrong time. Just like you plan your exercise routine and pack your gym bag, you have to prepare the music that’s going to take you that extra mile.
Some people feed off the energy from their workout playlists and these songs are strategically chosen. Let’s take a look at how you can choose the perfect tunes for your workout:
Get The Software
Creating the perfect playlist relies solely on the software and programs that you have available. iTunes is the perfect playlist companion. If you are looking for song inspiration, use applications such as Pandora, Spotify, IHeartRadio, or Jog.fm.
Figure Out The BPM
BPM refers to the beats per minute. If you’re making use of iTunes, you will be able to get this information for each song. The BPMs should be somewhere in the range of 60 to 180. Use these stats to your advantage in planning your workout playlist. You will most likely want the songs closer to 180 to start your workout and the slower beats during the cool down.
Group The Tempos
If you want more beat specific tunes at your disposal, you can categorize your songs in different playlists according to their BPM. You will then have a playlist ready for every workout and pace requirement.
Variety Is Key
Have a variety of songs ready for the type of workout that you are doing. Apart from the BPM you also have to take the style of exercise into consideration. During your Pilates or Yoga routines you might want something more relaxing that will help you focus on meditation and breathing.
Know Your Limits
Even though you might have the best beats ready to push your limits, remember to stick to a healthy heart rate. If you are just starting out, don’t overdo it. This might lead to unnecessary injuries and pose other health risks. As a beginner, create a playlist that has an average BPM of 120-130.
Run Like A Star
These days, celebrities aren’t hiding their health and fitness secrets. They’re available all over the web, and their tips and tricks might be just what you need. Do a Google search of your favorite celebrity’s magic music. This way you can use the same playlist and aim to achieve the same results
What kind of music do you like to work out to?