Music moves us like the shifty weather through the dynamics of life and the right song can shape our day like magic mood medicine. Here are some select songs that can turn one’s early morning staring at the ceiling exercise into a motivated, extended workout session or turn a stumble to the coffeeshop into an empowering trail running adventure guided by tempo and melodies.
While these select tunes do all share upbeat elements, their varying tempos and styles compliment a range of motivational tendencies from Sea Wolf’s You’re A Wolf setting the beat perfectly for cardio moves like jumping jacks to Icona Pop’s All Night dance beat giving you that extra pulse of confidence to charge an uphill run. However, this collection of tunes, which runs about 40 minutes, would not be complete without the fascinating journey of pumping the Broken Bells’ extremely motivating, dynamically effective song Perfect World through your earbuds.
I highly recommend downloading these songs for fitness motivation and in general as good vibrations for your soul.
What songs are on your fitness playlists?
A fantastic way to boost your run is a playlist of powerful music. A song can do more than just motivate you, it can also be a valuable tool to increase your stride rate which can reduce risk of injury. Until the Walkman kicked off the ability to sport portable recordings of your own, there was not an option to run with music in your ears. As the technology evolved and iPods, smartphones and streaming music apps emerged, it has become easier to listen to music on the run. With new devices like Mighty you can even listen to Spotify on the go without your phone. Hitting the treadmill with a fresh playlist can fill your strides with miles of motivated beats.
Music can draw your attention away from what you're doing and increase your risk of literally running into a dangerous situation like vehicles, unwelcome strangers, or a parking meter. Distracted exercising can be compared to texting while driving.
Safety concerns such as controlling your heart rate, breathing patterns, and being able to hear are also valid considerations. If you are running indoors on a treadmill at the gym it's one thing to want to tune out the sounds of the people working out next to you, but having the safety of knowing someone can’t sneak up on you or getting startled when someone passes you is a valid consideration when running outdoors. Are music and headphones at fault or is it something deeper ?
I love music and fitness. Music in Motion explores the convergence of the two!
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