Exercise Better with Music – The Right Playlist Can Inspire Successful Workouts

Man working out with music

by David Ritt, Digital Media Designer at Runtastic

It sends shivers down your back, gives you sudden bursts of energy, sparks joy and tears…music can do this and much more for you. But did you know that music can also have a positive influence on your workout? The right beats can help you reach your goal faster while making your fitness routine more fun.  

Woman running with earphones

More Motivation for Your Workout

Music with the right tempo gets you working harder during your workout – this was the conclusion of a study conducted by the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences.(1) It also makes it easier to keep a steady pace while running or during bodyweight training. The recommended tempo for this is 120 to 130 bpm.

Good to know:

If you want to find out the tempo of the music, you have to count the beats per minute.

The good news is that a lot of songs are available in the tempo noted above. Runtastic’s Apple Music Playlist “Energizing Running Tracks” has plenty of songs that will add some energy to your workout routine:

Try these 4 playlists:

Music against daily stress

Exercise gets you in shape, keeps you young, and reduces stress: working out has many benefits for your health. Cardio training is the best if you want to give your mind and soul a break. This song might help you unwind:

Feel less tired during the workout

Sometimes your workout is really fun, feels easy, and endorphins are released into your system. On other days it’s much tougher to get motivated, you feel weak and want to give up after a few minutes. This is when music can help: studies have shown that people who listen to music when they work out don’t notice physical exhaustion as much.(2) Music inspires you to throw yourself into your workout, on bad days – and even more so on good days.

Runtastic Live Workout Party DJ

Workout music brings a group together

“As the DJ at the legendary Runtastic LIVE Workout Parties, I get to see the amazing effect of music on a crowd,” says David Ritt, Digital Media Designer at Runtastic. “The energy that is created when you work out together to motivational music is priceless.” Being part of a group makes you feel great and helps you stick with a sport. In addition to the Runtastic LIVE Workout Party, there are lots of other group workouts (zumba, spinning, etc.) where music plays a critical role.

You want to take the unique atmosphere of the Runtastic LIVE Workout Party home with you? You can get the official live set here:

What are your favorite songs to listen to when you crank up your workout? Share your tips in the comments!



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