This recent cold snap has made it much more challenging to lace up my tennies and go for a run. The Christmas tree is twinkling, and our fish Pat Baby beacons for me to stay put and snuggle with my husband Mike D. This sounds wonderful, but I know I tend to hibernate a little too much, thus I need a little motivation to get out of the house to exercise. When I remember I created a new playlist for my run, I instantly get amped! Dance cardio (oh yeah!) fuels my runs, but I will not judge your music choices if it motivates you to go that extra mile.
Shake it off…and out!
When we listen to music during exercise, our physical movements echo the sound of the music! Studies show you push a little bit harder, move a little bit faster, and workout a little bit longer, creating a “musical ecstasy” between your workload and your efforts against them. Music can reduce how tired you feel during a workout, giving you better results. Aim for songs that are around 120-160 BPM (Beats Per Minute), as runners tend to match the beat of the music. There are various apps available that will alter the speed of your music to match your desired BPM.
MOVEr Kate Wilde was on mile 18 of the Austin Marathon, when she decided to turn her iPod on for additional motivation. The sounds of her favorite songs helped push her through the finish line while looking slightly psychotic, not to mention rocking a PR and beating MOVE coach Erin (me!)! Music can be motivating and distract our bodies from the workout burn. Maybe I should have taken off Susan Boyle from my playlist during this race. ☺
Words speak volumes!
Create a playlist with words that speak to the intension of your run or workout. Do you want to dig deeper, go farther, and push yourself? Turn up the jams a bit when you feel like you are dragging! A study in the journal The Sports Psychologist found that songs with strong lyrical affirmations that are emotionally charged could give you a significant mental and physical boost when the going gets tough. Running for a cause? Choose songs that remind you of something or someone special.
What’s your Power Song(s) you’d like to add to this playlist? ☺
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4. Anything Mary J. Blidge!
5. Martin Garixx