Thursday, February 20, 2014
So, I'm 3 weeks in and making good progress, and I'm realizing how crucial music is to me along this journey. I wrote a message board post about resources that I've found for workout music, but figured I'd write a little more here.
I have an iTunes playlist on my phone dedicated to workout music, but I found that some of the songs were just a bit too slow, and there was just enough of a difference between some of them that my workouts just felt off. I usually use an elliptical, and find that if I have the right speed of music going consistently, I can kind of zone out and it goes faster (and I'm more likely to burn more calories). I found some articles online that said that music in the 120-140 bpm (beats per minute) range are best for cardio exercise, so that gave me kind of a starting point.
I found a web site (www.songbpm.com) that allows you to input an artist and song title to figure out the song's bpm/speed. I went through my current workout playlist and very quickly realized that I had some music that was much slower than I thought mixed in with some songs at the right speed. So, I edited my playlists so that I have one for warm-up/cool-down at 120 bpm or lower, and one for actual cardio that ranges from 128-135 bpm, which is my preferred pace.
THEN, I found an app that has been awesome - Rock My Run. This app already has mixes composed by DJs, and the mixes are searchable by bpm, genre, clean/explicit lyrics, and length. The free membership allows for mixes of 30-45 mins, and if you go premium (I think it's $3/month) there are mixes of an hour or more.
I've been really happy with the way my music affects my workouts since figuring out the whole bpm thing - it takes a little time to make a really great playlist for yourself, but it's so worth it! And the Rock My Run mixes are fun, with the added bonus of smooth transitions from song to song so you don't lose the rhythm as the song changes.
If you know of any other great resources for workout mixes, let me know!