Okay, so does anyone else get hype when their jam comes on mid run, like does that not give you a boost of energy out of nowhere!? For me, when I hear Lose Control by Missy Elliot ft. Ciara my work out turns up a notch or two.
A workout playlist is so important to really setting the mood and energy of your session, I mean, I truly believe that music soothes the soul. Typically, leaving the playlist to shuffle is how I like to let things play out for a slight element of surprise for what songs up next, but I have all high energy songs on my playlist, to keep myself mentally in game time mode. (Definitely weed out any slow paced songs that may slow down your tempo) For times when I’m doing HIIT training, or alternating the intensity of my workout constantly, I like to set my playlist up so my music matches my pace, it honestly keeps me going.
A lot of people don’t know this, but music actually distracts you from pain, in a sense, that would not be threatening to your body but may slow down your workout, like they say, “no pain, no gain.” To put numbers behind it, these musical distractions can actual increase exertion by about 15%. It also helps to control your negative and positive emotions, based on the song.
The most obvious benefit of music while working out is, music makes you want to move. How often are we in the car or even walking down the street and we hear a beat we like, your body usually responds, it’d be no different in the gym.
Just as important as what you put into your body, be cognizant of what’s going on with your mind. Having the right playlist can bring about so many benefits to your weight loss journey by simply drowning out those, “I want to quit,” thoughts running through your mind while you’re physically running on the treadmill. You’ll be too preoccupied with the charismatic sounds of Drake over some insane beat.
What am I rocking out to during my workouts? Check out my playlist below for ideas on how to get your own playlist started:
Bodak Yellow – Cardi B (sohpistiratchet)
Both- Gucci Mane (ft. Drake)
Finna Get Loose- Puff Daddy
Lose Control- Missy Elliot
Anything Waka Flocka Flame
The New Workout Plan- Kanye West
Party- Chris Brown, Gucci, Usher
Party Up (Up in Here)- DMX
(Almost) Anything Drake
Touch It- Busta Rhymes
Wipe Me Down- Lil Boosie
Anything Lil Wayne
Rolex- Ayo & Teo
Rake It Up -Nicki Minaj
What are you listening to?