Listening to music during your workout can inspire you to push yourself harder, get up that last hill or do just one more rep. Getting through your workout can be fun, and easier if your cardio (or weight) sessions include playlists filled with fast beats, and great tunes.
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Will Music Enhance My Workout? Whether you are running, cycling, walking, or swimming studies have shown that listening to music during exercise can not only improves results but also acts as a motivational tool and distraction from fatigue. Those who listen to music during workouts may also experience improved lung function and mental functioning.
Beats Per Minute and Finding the Right Song BPM or Beats Per Minute is exactly what it sounds like. It is how many beats a song has per minute. Songs with higher BPM (about 140-180) are good for running while songs with a BPM under 100 are better for walking and lower-impact workouts. Adding songs with a higher BPM to your playlist may actually get you to go faster. If your general pace goes well with songs that are at a 140 BPM, adding songs at the end of your playlist that are at 160 may actually propel you into a faster speed altogether. So it’s not just about motivation, songs that have higher BPM may actually improve your performance, and help you get more out of your workout.
How to Calculate BPM Most people have their own workout favorites, and songs on the most popular playlists might not be as appealing as your personal favs. So how do you find out the BPM of the classics? Checkout Caddence, an app you can use on your iphone, mac or mobile to find out the BPM of any song. Once you get an idea of what BPM is close to your speed, you can add tracks within that range.
Here are 5 tracks to get you started:
Find more tracks that display BPM here