Good Music Leads To A Better Workout

Music is a huge part of my life, especially when it comes to exercising. A good playlist always leads me to a deeper sweat and a better workout. An article on scientificamerican.com says that while exercising, “Music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency. When listening to music, people run farther, bike longer, and swim faster than usual – often without realizing it.” For me, different types of music help with different parts of a workout. I don’t want to be listening to hardcore rock music while I’m trying to get a peaceful post-workout stretch in, and I don’t want soothing classical music playing while I’m trying to squat 75 pounds. So, I make Spotify playlists for each part of my exercise routine. For my ten-to-fifteen-minute pre-workout stretching, I enjoy slower, feel-good music that’s relaxing while still awakening and motivating. Some artists that give me this vibe with their music style are Sia, Andrew Belle, Khalid, Nick Jonas, and Lennon Stella. I have a playlist called “Tropical Chill” on Spotify that I’ve been using for my stretches, but I'm currently starting to create a specific “stretch” playlist. This relaxing, yet inspirational music makes me feel peaceful and ready to begin a rewarding workout. For running and lifting, I usually enjoy a mixture of pop and pump-up music. A few specific songs that make me feel like I can take over the world while running outside or on the treadmill include “End Game” and “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift, “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd, “Cool for the Summer” and “Confident” by Demi Lovato, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” and “Irresistible” by Fall Out Boy, and more. The main playlist I use that contains these songs and more is “Treadmill Pump Up”. This fast-paced, exhilarating music gets me excited and motivates me to run faster and harder in order to reach my goal. With the help of this playlist, I can now do a 9-minute mile rather than my old 11-minute mile. Lastly, when it comes to a post-workout stretch, I want calming music that will help relax me so that I can recover from my exercise routine and reflect on all the hard work that I just did. I will either listen to an instrumental music playlist or other calming music. My go-to playlist for a post-workout relaxation yoga stretch is “Post-Workout/Relax”. I am constantly finding new music and altering my playlists or creating new ones, but these playlists give an idea of my general preferences in music when it comes to each part of my workout. I highly encourage you to, if you haven’t already, figure out what kind of music you like while exercising because good playlists can change the mood and vibe of your entire routine. Play around with different sounds and genres to see what motivates you, relaxes you, and encourages you to do your very best in order to accomplish your body and mind fitness goals! By Emma Baugher



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