The best workout music

A study at York St. John University in the UK found that students could hold a 2.4-pound weight straight out in front of their bodies at shoulder height for up to 10 percent longer when they listened to a workout music mix that had motivational pop or rock music for an entire torturous session. Listen to music while you train to enhance your performance, and enjoyment. Music has many documented benefits including creating a positive mood, helping work past fatigue, and creating a tempo at which to train.
The all-music workout beat out listening to white noise and listening to music for only part of the time. But the key is to choose tracks with lyrics that get you amped you up–yes, even if they include the words “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Len Kravitz, Ph.D., from the University of New Mexico reports that one study showed that “listening to sedative music decreased strength significantly when compared to stimulative music and silence.” So when choosing music go with a genre that is more upbeat, and not relaxing. Music should not be a distraction from your activity or exercise. Pick music that you enjoy and that can be played as background music. Next, consider the pace of you exercise. If you’re running at a faster pace pick music that has a higher BPM. Find music that matches the intensity of your exercise to help maintain an efficient tempo.


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We think any sane woman would enjoy the motivational ditties below. But we won’t be offended if you decide to sub in a few of your own go-to tunes; pretty much anything you recklessly belt out in the shower or your car is on the money. One tip: Songs that mention specific actions (“Jump!”), particularly those that include body parts (“Put your hands in the air!”), will really light a spark under you when you’re struggling to finish that final set of lunges.

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Let’s Get Loud Jennifer Lopez

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ Judas Priest

Jump Around House Of Pain

Set Me Free Velvet Revolver

Kick Out the Jams MC5

The Rising Bruce Springsteen

Beautiful Day U2

Let’s Go Trick Daddy

Something More Sugarland

Ray of Light Madonna

Get Up Stand Up Bob Marley



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