Have you ever tried to workout without music playing?
You can do it, but working out with music playing is not only more enjoyable, but studies have shown that it’s more effective. When you have your favorite tunes on, you’re focusing on the music and not the strain or exhaustion. Therefore, you get a better, more effective workout.
Music can also get you in a good rhythm for your workout. As far as what songs are best to listen to, it’s really all in personal preference. However, it should be something upbeat and not too mellow. This isn’t sleep time, so elevator music wouldn’t be effective. It’s also not time f0r romance, so leave the slow love songs out of the mix.
You need music that will fit your mood.
In some cases, the music not only has a great beat, but can also be motivational. I’ve put together 25 songs from different eras and genres that I would recommend, though you probably won’t like them all.
Also included are links to videos in case you’ve never heard the song(s) before, along with the albums they came on (which often feature other kick-ass workout tunes as well!) It’s sometimes nice to have a visual image to go along with a song, which will help you focus more on the music to maximize your workout.
1. AC/DC – The Razors Edge (1990)
2. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction (1987)
3. The Almost – Say This Sooner (2007)
4. Beastie Boys – Ill Communication (1994)
5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Howl (2005)
6. House of Pain – (Self Titled1992)
7. Bob Dylan – Desire (1976)
8. Cream – Wheels of Fire (1968)
9. Rocky III Soundtrack (1982)
10. Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland (1968)
11. Metallica – (Self Titled, 1992)
12. Ram Jam (Self Titled, 1977)
13. Devo – Freedom of Choice (1980)
14. The Rolling Stones – Aftermath (1966)
15. Pantera – Cowboys From Hell (1991)
16. Joan Jett (Single, 1984)
17. The Strokes – Room of Fire (2004)
18. Queen/David Bowie – Hot Space (1981)
19. Switchfoot – Oh Gravity (2006)
20. It Dies Today – Forever Scorned (2002)
21. Hatebreed - Perseverance (2008)
22. Tom Cochrane – Mad Mad World (1991)
23. Bone Thugs and Harmony – Creepin on ah Come Up (1994)
24. Nelly – Country Grammar (2001)
25. Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam: The Album (1989)
Working out can and should be enjoyable and with music; you’ll enjoy it a lot more than without. Remember that when you work out, you’re doing it for yourself. It’s a personal choice and you’re doing it for personal reasons, whatever those reasons may be to you.
The music you choose for your workouts should also be a choice. The list are just some really good suggestions. We would also welcome more suggestions from you for other readers. What are your favorites?
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