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How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist
Boost Your Exercise Mojo with the Right Music
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.
One of the things that we found at www.RockMyRun.com was that a well constructed DJ mix, where the songs seamless transition from one to the next, is great for helping you to keep going especially while running.
Plus transitioning songs every 2-3 minutes helps to keep the energy high while getting your sweat on. Check it out!
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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