by Skinny Ms.
You walk into the gym packed with fitness enthusiasts or pass a runner in the neighborhood, and they ALL have headphones in their ears – jamming! Studies show that music gets us going and keeps us going through the plateau we hit while working out. Skinny Ms. has searched high and low to bring you great motivational workout hits regardless of the exercise you’re doing! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Cardio workouts are fast-paced, requiring fast-paced music. Typical cardio workouts involve treadmills, elliptical trainers, or stair-smasters. Include your favorite songs, and the best choices are tunes that get your heart rate up, and provide you with the motivation to keep going. Choose songs for your cardio workout that have at least 120 to 140 beats per minute.
There are many different songs you can incorporate in your cardio workout with the right beats per minute. Some suggestions that will get your heart pumping and your hips moving are:
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira (BPM 130)
Fergalicious – Fergie (BPM 144)
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor (BPM 118)
I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)– Pitbull (BPM 140)
Many weight lifters listen to hard rock when lifting. There’s something about the intensity of heavy rock that seems to help weight lifters and body builders pump iron. Hard rock gets the blood pumping, especially music with powerful bass and beat. Some awesome rock songs for an intense weight lifting workout can include:
Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Welcome To The Jungle – Guns ‘n’ Roses
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Walking exercise programs require music that varies in tempo. Most people change the rate of their walking speed as their heart rate elevates. We tend to work harder without even noticing the extra effort when we’re listening to our favorite tunes. They get us pumped up and keep us from getting exerted as easily!
To start your warm up look for songs that are about 115 -118 beat per minute!
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor (BPM 99)
Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones (BPM 113)
Shampain – Marina and the Diamonds (BPM 118)
To really get you going, try pushing up to 120-140 beats per minute or more for an intense workout! If you are doing interval training (walking interspersed with short bursts of running), try alternating your beat per minute back and forth from 115 – 140 to get you pumped up and to slow you down a bit when you need it!
Blow – Ke$ha (BPM 120)
Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna (BPM 122)
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses (BPM 155)
Get Back Up – Toby Mac (BPM 120)
Get The Party Started – Pink (BPM 129)
FireWork – Katy Perry (BPM 145)
No Matter What – Kerrie Roberts (BPM 125)
Waka Waka (Official 2010 Fifa World Cup Song) - Shakira (BPM 130)
Beat It – Michael Jackson (BPM 150)
Light Up the Sky – The Afters (BPM 145)
Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson (BPM 160)
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves (BPM 218)
Now! Time to slow it down! Cooling down tunes should be under 100 beats per minute. These songs will inspire you while helping you finish your workout on a positive note! Here are a few cool down songs we thought you might like!
Dancing Queen – ABBA (BPM 100)
Downtown Train – Rod Stewart (BPM 100)
My Deliverer – Mandisa (BPM 89)
Whether you’re using iTunes, Pandora, or Spotify, look up these tunes and add them to your playlist for a fun, effective workout!