Let’s be honest, working out can be boring at the best of times especially when its only function is as a means to a (hopefully thinner) end as opposed to enjoyment (yes – some people to enjoy running for copious amounts of hours or cycling their legs and lungs into oblivion).
There is however one thing that gets most of us through an exercise routine, whether it’s a brisk walk to the trains station or bus stop, or just on a treadmill at the gym, and that’s music. Music motivates. It inspires. Music makes us move – for real! When our movements are synched with the beat of a tune, our intensity increases; the higher tempo the song, the more our work rate increases. And best of all; we don’t even realise it’s happening. Music has the power to guide us through the pain.
To help us out with our new Year’s resolution to ditch the Christmas kilos (and to hopefully keep us motivated throughout the year), sport scientists at Brunel University teamed up with mega music service Spotify to create the ultimate workout playlist.
The experts examined 6.7 million fitness compilations to find out which tunes are the most popular and formulated a list coinciding with evidence that music with cert tempo (bpm), style and lyrical content has been proven to make listeners work harder.
Are you waiting with baited breath?
Here it is: the Ultimate Workout playlist:
- Roar – Katy Perry – 92 BPM (Mental preparation)
- Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo ft 2 Chainz – 100 BPM (Stretching)
- Skip To The Good Bit – Rizzle Kicks – 105 BPM (Stretching)
- Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft Pharrel Williams – 116 BPM (Aerobic/Warm up)
- Move – Little Mix – 120 BPM (Aerobic/Warm up)
- Need U 100% – Duke Dumont ft A*M*E – 124 BPM (Cardio training, low intensity)
- You Make Me – Avicii – 125 BPM (Cardio training, low intensity)
- Feel My Rhythm – Viralites – 128 BPM (Cardio training, moderate intensity)
- Timber – Pitbull ft Ke$ha – 130 BPM (Cardio training, moderate intensity)
- Applause – Lady Gaga – 140 BPM (Cardio training, high intensity)
- Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Ray Dalton – 147 BPM (Cardio training, very high intensity)
- Happy – Pharrell Williams – 160 BPM (Cardio training, very high intensity)
- The Monster – Eminem ft Rihanna – 110 BPM (Strength training)
- Love Me Again – John Newman – 126 BPM (Strength training)
- Get Down – Groove Armada ft Stush and Red Rat – 127 BPM (Strength training)
- #thatPOWER – will.i.am ft Justin Bieber – 128 BPM (Strength training)
Are you cringing in terror at the sight of “Roar and “Applause” or are you shrieking in glee as your five favourite songs of the moment make an appearance?
What do you think of the ultimate Workout List? What’s your top workout song?