When your favorite song comes on the radio, you feel an instant boost of energy and excitement, whether you’re in the car, at the grocery store or behind your desk at work. It’s no surprise that music has the power to evoke an array of emotions in people, and depending on the genre, beat and pace, it might be exactly what you need to up your workout.
Listening to some upbeat jams during a workout session on your home gym equipment works well to motivate you and help you power through your run or bike ride.
If you’re meditating, you might choose to listen to classical music, something instrumental or soothing nature sounds, but this wouldn’t do for an intense cardio sweat sesh on your elliptical machine. Instead, you’ll want to choose very energetic, exciting songs that make you feel great and spark the urge to move. Whether you opt for headphones and an mp3 player or blast your playlist from speakers, music can help get you over a tough spot in your day’s session, give you something to look forward to with each workout and make exercise seem to fly by.
A great playlist is useful for a killer workout
Kelly Lee, a personal trainer and fitness instructor for Grokker.com, told Women’s Health magazine that she focuses on high intensity interval training (HIIT).
“HIIT training is great because it’s fast, it’s quick, and it’s efficient – which a lot of people need right now,” she said. “You get all of the benefits of really hard training in a really short amount of time.”
Interval training is an effective method for cardio sessions, whether you’re on the home exercise bike or treadmill. Lee created a rocking at-home playlist that’s got a mix of new music and older favorites that you can listen to to get pumped up and have a great workout:
This playlist should last a little under an hour, so it’s an excellent option for a 45-minute workout. You can also pick and choose songs for a quicker 20- or 30-minute session.