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How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist

Boost Your Exercise Mojo with the Right Music

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ETHELMERZ

2/9/2014 1:52:17 PM

I'm not sure I want a "killer" track..................;)

POSITIVE41

11/28/2013 6:19:16 AM

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Good article - music can be the key to pushing through a workout when you want to give up.

PEEKABOO4-KLS

9/6/2013 8:06:47 AM

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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.

CDCSMITH2013

9/5/2013 7:01:03 AM

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"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.

AZURE-SKY

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.

SMAIDA

9/26/2012 11:11:13 AM

my favorite finale song is 'End of the Line' by the Travelling Wilburys.... really helps me get through that last bit

08ESCAPE

9/25/2012 8:37:30 AM

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I listen to Fitradio when I am running on the treadmill. Awesome workout music... never gets boring.

TERRIEANN53

9/25/2012 7:37:58 AM

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I've been doing this already. I read through your list and I got it right. :D

DRB13_1

6/21/2012 9:17:12 PM

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enjoyed these tips. I loved making exercise CDs when I had a walkman. Now I use Pandora and have stations that play music I love.

HANNAH_CALM

4/8/2012 1:15:30 PM

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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.

MANIKLODE

3/27/2012 2:01:37 PM

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Excellent advice. I think I will create a new list tonight. P.S. loved your segement in Heather's Better Health Summit!

PANDADOT

3/27/2012 11:00:29 AM

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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!

KCDEBI

3/27/2012 10:18:02 AM

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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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