workout playlists arent just for working out... my job at work is ALOT of very repetative computer work lengths of time with very little human interaction. i listen to my workout playlist in the morning to wake me up. :) later on i switch my ipod to play all songs.
"My" music will likely never be featured on a playlist other than my own. I tend to have a lot of Irish stuff, old swing music. The most "pop" I have is U2 (the bulk of which is from the 80's). I also have hours worth of music so it doesn't repeat often. I think it just has to be whatever works for you, but I totally agree about that last song being the big push/motivator for the end, particular when I was doing C25K stuff.
1/22/2013 12:55:41 PM
I copied all my favorite music onto my MP3 player, and put it into random mode when I exercise. I hate listening to the same playlist over and over again - it gets really boring. I don't exercise to the beat of the music anyway.
This way, I get a mix of everything from ABBA to the Beach Boys to ZZTop, with a little Mozart and Wynton Marsilis thrown in for variety.
You didn't mention anything about safety in regards to working out outdoors with music. There have been a lot of traffic accidents involving pedestrians (people walking or running) while listening to headphones. We need to be alert while out in traffic.
I have to admit that the idea of listening to the exact same songs in the exact same order for every workout would get old really fast for me. I like variety to keep my mind distracted and to keep things fresh. Which is why I have an MP3 player with a shuffle feature, and different playlists depending on the activity - I have a running playlist, and one for stretching, lifting weights, etc. Music is definitely a motivator!
Great tips! One thing I like is to have a really motivational song right before the end of my workout to help me power to the finish. One I love is Copa de la Vida by Ricky Martin. All the steel drums and yelling Go! Go! Go! really helps motivate me to finish strong.
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