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For some athletes and for many people who run, jog, cycle, lift weights and otherwise exercise, music is not superfluous—it is essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout.
As I was eating breakfast this morning (oatmeal with peanut butter, banana, brown sugar, and granola), I read an awesome article via ZITE on my iPhone. The article was from The Scientific American and it discussed the research that has been conducted on the effect of music on workouts. I recommend checking it out.
The research is clear; upbeat music definitely has an impact on our performance!
Here is how to create an optimal workout playlist for the next time you need to crank it up a notch in the gym:
(from author- Ferris Jabr in his article for The Scientific American)
Tempo: Most people prefer quick-paced songs when exercising. Try songs between 120 and 145 beats per minute (bpm). You can use songbpm.com or Google to determine the tempos of various songs. Some people choose even faster music, but recent research suggests that tempos above 145 bpm do not provide much additional motivation.
Rhythm response: Choose songs that make you want to get up and move. This is a highly subjective quality of music, but strong beats usually work well.
Familiarity and cultural associations: Current hits and personal favorites are good choices, especially if they are associated with athletic prowess or overcoming adversity.
Personal significance and empathy: The stronger your emotional response to music, and the more you identify with the singer's perspective, the more motivated you'll feel. Songs that evoke particular characters, complex narratives and vivid scenes, such as songs from musicals, can elicit particularly powerful emotions.
But then I thought to myself,
"If someone refuses to read my blog based solely on the music I listen to, they obviously don't know the real me and probably aren't that interested in my blog anyways."
I also hesitated to include my favorite songs that might not be the most appropriate lyric-wise. After looking at most of my songs on iTunes though, I realized almost all are edited anyways. If you find a song below to have vulgar language, my apologies.
If a song has an awesome beat but drops the f-bomb every other sentence or disrespects females, I always download the edited version. No need for that stuff.
Anyways, here are my top 25 songs to work out to...
Right Now - Van Halen
Headstrong - Trapt
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns-N-Roses
B.O.B. - Outkast
Run This Town - Jay-Z
Numb Encore - Jay-Z/Linkin Park
Enter Sandman - Metallica
Black Betty - Ram Jam
Diamonds (from Sierra Leone) remix - Kanye West ft. Jay-Z
Guerilla Radio - Rage Against The Machine
Rollin' - Limp Bizkit
Stronger - Kanye West
Lose Yourself - Eminem
300 Violin - Jorge Quintero
Thunderstruck - ACDC
Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty
Let's Go - Trick Daddy
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Power - Kanye West
In The End - Linkin Park
Remember the Name - Fort Minor
Till I Collapse - Eminem
I'mma Shine - Youngbloodz
Click Click Boom - Saliva
Heart of Champion - Nelly
Make it happen.