Imagine lacing up your sneakers, getting pumped to crush your workout, only to find you left your phone at home. Or your headphones. Or any other must-have tool to access the treasure trove of inspiration otherwise known as your playlist. Scary, right? Music is a major source of motivation for casual exercisers, world-class athletes, and everyone in between. And the magic isn’t just in the booty-shaking beats; research has shown that music can do everything from increase your speed to boost your mood.
“Music and movement go hand in hand,” says Minneapolis, MN Fitbit Local Ambassador, marathon runner, and certified yoga teacher, J.C. Lippold. “Music is breath. It’s a collection of lifts and lowers, of builds and falls, it gets intense and dissonant and then settles and resolves. Our workout, our sweat, our life follows the same pattern.”
If you’re ready to take your workout to the next level, consider applying some scientific strategy to your music library. According to experts, tempo (defined as beats per minute or bpm) is key, and songs that match your desired working heart rate will help amp up your speed, stamina, and performance. Since most people’s hearts beat about 120 times per minute during a light jog, songs between 120-140 bpms have been shown to have the biggest motivating effect (anything over 140 is fair game too, but you won’t achieve significantly better results beyond that tempo).
Ready to hit play? Fitbit Local Ambassadors gathered some of their favorite tunes to create an ultra-inspirational playlist that will rev up your energy and help propel you to the finish line. Whether you’re hitting the treadmill, the yoga mat, or the weight room, this hour-plus playlist will keep you going. Just don’t forget your headphones!
Shape of You – Galantis Remix (Ed Sheeran) – Mike Sherbakov, San Diego, CA
If I Were a Ship – (Hey Ocean!) – J.C. Lippold, Minneapolis, MN
Pick Up The Pace:
Monster (Jacob Banks) – Jeremy Walton, Chicago, IL
Run Run Run (Junge Junge, Kyle Pearce) – Sheri Matthews, San Diego, CA
Welcome To The Jungle (Guns and Roses) – Jess Martin, Austin, TX
23 Flavors (Gramatik) – Samy Mattei, Denver, CO
Go All Out:
Run the World remix (Beyoncé, Kaskade) – Caroline Jordan, San Francisco, CA
Toxic (Britney Spears) – Buddy Macuha, San Francisco, CA
Rolex – Steve Aoki Remix (Ayo & Teo) – Francesca Budesheim, Austin, TX
Gold (The Ivy) – Jenny Finkel, Chicago, IL
Cool It Down:
Believer (Imagine Dragons) – Kevin Ng, Seattle, WA
Stretch It Out:
Fast Car – Radio Edit (Jonas Blue Dakota) – Cara Gilman, Boston, MA
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.
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