The Best Beats for your Workout
We are all familiar with the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of working out – stretch, keep hydrated, don’t eat right before going to the gym, don’t over exert yourself. But, there is one aspect of keeping fit that you haven’t been told, and this one will surprise you the most.
We all use music to keep us pumped up and in the zone when we work out, but you could be listening to the completely wrong music. A group of Sports Psychologists from London have proven that certain types of music complement specific exercises, enhancing your performance. Who would have guessed!
These psychologists found that rap and hip-hop music offers the best beats per minute for running and stretching; dance music goes best with strength training; pop music suits warm up and cool down the most; and rock music should be avoided altogether due to different changes in tempo.
To help you out, here are some examples of the best songs to gym to:
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY AND SPOTIFY’S ULTIMATE WORKOUT PLAYLIST
|Roar||Katy Perry||92||Pop/Rock||Mental preparation|
|Talk Dirty||Jason Derulo||100||R&B||Stretching|
|Skip To The Good Bit||Rizzle Kicks||105||Hip Hop/Rap||Stretching|
|Get Lucky||Daft Punk ft. Pharrel Williams||116||Disco / Funk||Aerobic Warm-up|
|Move||Little Mix||120||Pop||Aerobic Warm-up|
|Need U 100%||Duke Dumont||124||House||Cardio training (low intensity)|
|You Make Me||Avicii||125||House||Cardio training (low intensity)|
|Timber||Pitbull ft Ke$ha||130||Pop||Cardio training (moderate intensity)|
|Applause||Lady Gaga||140||Pop||Cardio training (high intensity)|
|Can’t Hold Us||Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton||147||Hip Hop/Rap||Cardio Training (very high intensity)|
|Happy||Pharrell Williams||160||Pop||Cardio training (very high intensity)|
|The Monster||Eminem ft Rihanna||110||Hip Hop/Rap||Strength training|
|Love Me Again||John Newman||126||Pop||Strength training|
|It’s My Party||Jessie J||130||Dance/Pop||Strength training|
|Burn||Ellie Goulding||86||Pop||Warm down|
Look after yourself and find your rhythm!