Why Should You Listen to Music While Exercising?
Music isn’t just a novelty to listen to while working out. It’s actually been proven to help exercisers get more out of their workouts.
No, even the best exercise playlist won’t do your ab crunches and your squats for you, but it will help you stay focused, get you “in the groove” for your routine and actually want to exercise more.
You’ll want to listen to fairly fast music while doing strength and cardio training, as your heart rate will rise a little to faster music while it will slow during slow beats.
Rap/Hip-Hop Exercise Playlist
Give yourself an excuse to listen to some rap music once in a while when no one else is listening. Rap and hip hop songs shouldn’t make you angry, but the lyrics and beat should be enough to energize your muscles. Here are some great rap and hip hop options to add to your MP3 player.
- “Run This Town” by Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna
- “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa
- “Yeah 3X”by Chris Brown
- “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars
- “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna
Popular Music Playlist
Okay, so not everyone is a fan of rap and hip hop music. But if you’re still looking for songs with a thumping beat, head to the other side of the hip-hop spectrum with some Lady Gaga, Taio Cruz and similar artists.
- “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
- “Higher” by Taio Cruz
- “We R Who We R” by Ke$ha
- “Tonight” by Enrique Iglesias
- “Grenade” by Bruno Mars
Totally Random Additions
Maybe you’d rather your best exercise playlist was a little more random. No problem! Mix up your beats with songs from the a few decades ago as well as today. These songs have timeless beats or are just a great addition to an exercise playlist no matter what the year.
- “A View to a Kill” by Duran Duran
- “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head
- “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne
- “Back in Black” by AC/DC
- “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias
- “Devour” by Shinedown
- “Only Girl in the World” by Rihanna
- “Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship
- “Down” by Jay Sean and Li’l Wayne
- “Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert
- “Black Betty” by Ram Jam
- “Burning Hearts” by Survivor
- “Bad Boys Theme” by Mark Mancina
- “Forever” by Drake, Eminem, Li’l Wayne, et. al.
- “California Love” by Tupac
- “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” by Usher and Pitbull
- “Airplanes” by B.o.B. and Hayley Williams, featuring Eminem
- “Use Me” by Hinder
- “Kick in the Teeth” by Papa Roach
These songs all make up the best exercise playlist for strength and cardio training. Add them to an existing list, or just pick the ones you think you’ll like.
[University of New Mexico: Music and Exercise](https://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article folder/musicexercise.html)