Studies have shown that when you listen to music while working out, it can do many things for you. Not only does it do the obvious task of motivating you, but it distracts you from fatigue and can even help improve your lung function! This increases your athletic performance.
Anyways, here are the steps you should take to get that perfect playlist!
O1. Pick a genre of music that pumps you up.
If you like pop or rock music, it will be easy to find good songs for your playlist. However if you like a different kind of music, say indie, you can still probably find some music that you like that will be good for your playlist. For example, I personally like indie music so I would put maybe some upbeat Marina & The Diamonds songs, or Mumford & Sons, or something like that. If you have this problem and you don’t know what to do, PM me and I can give you some recommendations :)
O2. Check the pace.
In case you are wondering why some types of music won’t work, it’s because you want upbeat songs for your playlist. Studies have actually proven that people listening to music with more beat per minute have had a better athletic performance. Anyways, you want about 120-140 BPM. To find the BPM, you can use the old-fashioned practice of counting, but there are also computer programs like BPM Calculator (Windows) and BPM Assistant (Mac OS X) that can help you out. I’m pretty sure you can also find the BPM if the song is on iTunes.
O3. Choose the songs.
Using the first two steps, find songs that, added together, will be near the duration of your workout.
O4. Make the Sequence.
Now, make all of the songs into a playlist on iTunes/ your Apple device! I’m not sure if normal MP3 Players can have playlists like this, but you can always check! :)
Anyways, this is kind of what you want:
WARM-UP SONG: This song should inspire you and motivate you, but it shouldn’t be too fast. Also, you want this song to be kind of long, like 4-5 minutes, so you have the chance to stretch out a little and warm up.
GET-YOU-GOING SONG: This should be faster paced than the warm-up song, so it gets your heart rate up at a moderate pace.
PUMP-YOU-UP SONGS: Choose some songs with fast tempos that will get you pumped up and going fast! Try to add at least two super fast songs to your playlist (but not like impossibly fast)
RECOVERY SONGS: After your pump-up songs, your body will need a chance to recover. But this doesn’t mean that you should listen to some cheesy old love ballad or something! Just go for a song whose tempo is a bit slower, like your warm-up song, but not as long.
IN-BETWEEN SONGS: Throw in some songs with various paces that will keep you interested and singing along.
FINALE SONG: This song should pump you up the most out of every song, because at this point of the workout you’re probably tired and you want to go home. Pick a song that will motivate you and keep you going strong!
COOL DOWN SONGS: Obviously, you want to let your muscles cool down so you down get painful cramps and muscle aches. Choose some nice, breezy, slow-paced songs. This section of your playlist should last at least 5 minutes.
MOST IMPORTANT TIP: Make sure you’re enjoying the songs! Otherwise, you will not be pumped up or motivated, so the playlist will make no difference.
Stay healthy. Stay beautiful ♥