The right beats are crucial. At least to me, when I’m working out. Most of the time I’m multitasking it mama-of-two style at the gym (aka elliptical machining, People magazine reading, hip hop playlisting, CNN subtitle reading). I also like to get out for a nice 5k outside run. Okay, 5k jog. Okay, 5k wog. Wog is a cross between walk and jog and is totally legit. I also believe that cleaning the ceiling fans is considered a hard workout.
It can be hard to come up with new workout songs, so I thought I’d throw a few suggestions out there. I may actually have quirky tastes in music, so obviously this list isn’t for everyone. I’m accused of being “quirky” a lot actually. Still, I hope this at least serves as inspiration for those thirsty to change it up a bit on their runs.
Tips for choosing songs and creating playlists:
- The right BPMs (beats per minute) for the activity you want to do can be really different depending on if you are running, stretching, weight-lifting , etc.
- Think content: emotional songs might distract you, songs with powerful lyrics could pump you up, and songs with really explicit lyrics might be a bad choice for group exercises.
- Remember, have no shame. This is about maximizing your exercise. If Bieber is what gets your going, go with it… just maybe don’t brag about it to teenagers.
- Rotate the songs out on your playlist so you don’t get sick of them, or have separate playlists for different activities or just to change things up.
- Find that song that makes you just want to kick $%& and get it. Play it over and over during a run if you have to, or save it as your “Power Song” and play it right when you need a kick-start. Some apps have that built in as a feature.
- If you have a smart phone, find a good app that works for you. I use Nike+ Running on my iPhone, and love it. There are a bunch out there!
- Don’t just think current hits; look back at your fav songs from your Napster dowload and Sony Walkman days… you may find some killer jams you forgot about.
Okay, let’s get down to it. Drum roll please… my current workout playlist!
- Whatever You Like by T.I.*
- Super Bass by Nicki Minaj*
- Thift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Womanizer by Brittany Spears
- Whistle by Flo Rida
- Want U Back by Cher Lloyd
- Toxic by Brittany Spears
- Too Little, Too Late by JoJo
- Leave (Get Out) by JoJo
- Telephone by Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce
- Paper Planes by M.I.A.
- Ready or Not by Bridgit Mendler
- Not Myself Tonight by Christina Aguilera
- No One by Alicia Keys
- Maneater by Nelly Furtado
- Lights by Ellie Goulding
- I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift
- Dirrty by Christina Aguilera (feat. Redman)
- Creep by TLC
- Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas
- Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by Pink
- Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera
- Toxic by Brittany Spears
- Circus by Brittany Spears
- TiK ToK by Ke$sha
* Note: for Whatever You Like by T.I. and Super Bass by Nicki Minaj, I used to have the explicit lyric versions but changed over to the edited… which is saying something, for me. I’m normally inexplicably drawn to the filthy versions, but for these songs it just got distracting. I just can’t handle the N word on my playlist. Others also have explicit versions, but I’m apparently cool with those.
Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is my newest obsession, and Paperplanes by M.I.A. is the best to run to. It’s beat just can’t be… well, beat.
Can we all pretend I did not have so much Brittany on my playlist? Or maybe the Ke$ha? Seriously, I have no shame.
PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.