Hello everybody and happy Monday!
This week I wanted to share some of my top exercise songs with you all. This was super hard to cut down but nonetheless I have managed it and selected my top 3 favourite tracks for different types of exercise.
The fact that listening to music improves your workout is not exactly ground breaking information. Working out to the beat of a track gets you in the zone and is the perfect distraction from your thoughts and those around you. This distraction can in fact enhance your athletic performance by up to 15% according to The Guardian. Not only that but faster tracks have more information for our brains to process and concentrate on rather than our SULA!
The rhythm of your workout music stimulates the motor area of the brain and thus unconsciously instigates self-paced exercises including running and weight training, so it is important to tailor your music to the activity you are doing.
Music competes for our brains attention and helps override feelings of fatigue according to Cooper, making us push to the end of a heavy climbing track during a spin class or just one more rep on the squat rack. It almost feels like having a workout partner if you are really concentrating and working with your music to help you use your energy efficiently.
Aside from all of the science behind exercising to music, it generally encourages you to move, hence the phenomenal success of many dance based workouts. Music has the ability to lift your mood and give you a sense of escapism to think solely about yourself and what you want to achieve.
Seeing as music is so important to a workout I have hand picked my top three favourite tracks for running, cardio in the gym, weight training and stretching. These are all very different parts of exercise that make up my weekly training programme and my music for each varies depending on whether I need to get pumped up, sustain a steady pace or cool down.
I aim to run between 45 minutes - 1 hour once a week. For long distance running I like to listen to upbeat music to encourage a steady pace and keep me engaged throughout.
I find cardio can be incredibly boring and I am not the kind of person who can go to the gym and run on the treadmill for an hour, I simply do not have the willpower to do that so I have to be creative and mix up my cardio by running new routes, incorporating new tracks or different ground levels.
My favourite tracks for long distance running are:
David Guetta - Shot Me Down
Justin Bieber - Sorry
and my most favourite song to get me pumped in the entire world (ask anyone who has witnessed me sing and dance to this in the club) Solo 45 - Feed 'Em To The Lions. Sometimes I feel like I need to calm down when I'm running to this song because it makes me want to sprint off into the sunset or jump off of buildings... in a good way.
I find that the key whilst running long distances is to find yourself the right tracks that get you motivated and excited about going for a run or that push you to go the long way home to get in an extra kilometre or two.
I don't believe for one second that there isn't one song in the entire world that does not want to make you get up and do something productive. I'm sure you've got it in your head right now as soon as you read this. Even if the song just makes you want to get up and dance, try using this as the first song you listen to as you go on a gentle jog around your village or estate. It is scientifically proven that you feel good about yourself after exercise so a little jog to get yourself into fitness or relieve you of a stressful day or situation can be just the trick.
CARDIO IN THE GYM
However if you do not like running at all and prefer to do your cardio in the gym then I have chosen a few tracks that keep me engaged during a quick cardio blast on the stair master or cross trainer. At the moment I mainly use the stair master as I include a variety of moves that help with those booty gains and it also has me melting within 15 minutes!
As my cardio is mainly uphill when I am at the gym, I mainly listen to tracks that match this tempo so I can get into it and not think about the amount of sweat dripping all over me. What a delightful image, please do not picture it.
Major Lazer- All My Love
Lee Walker vs DJ Deeon - Freak Like Me
Shadow Child - Climbin'
I find that these songs are brilliant to keep me motivated during a hill climb as they all have slow verses to incorporate active rest periods and faster choruses to work on heavy climbs to burn that fat away!
Again, during majority of training, upbeat and dance music is what I find motivates me to get my workout done the best. When lifting heavy weights I like to have a nice easy beat for slow and controlled movements and for lighter weights and higher reps I enjoy faster tracks. As previously mentioned, workouts are better when you make the music fit to what you are doing. My three top picks for weight training are:
Cheat Codes - Sex
Offaiah - Trouble
99 Souls - The Girl Is Mine
I think it goes without saying that you need slower and calmer tracks whilst stretching to relax your mind as your heart rate lowers. Slower music will also help you hold your stretch for longer without you realising. My top three favourite songs for stretching are:
The Chainsmokers - Closer
Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez - We Don't Talk Anymore
Ed Sheeran - I See Fire
I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog and maybe gathered some inspiration for different music you can use to motivate you during your workout.
Until next time,
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