Listening to Music While Working Out

Almost everyone has their favorite genre when it comes to listening to music; especially while they are working out.  Several studies have shown that listening to music during your workouts can actually help increase your endurance during a workout by around 15%.  In addition, upbeat music can help distract you from the fatigue and keep you from boredom from the longer workout days.

Findings by Costas Karageorghis, PhD also show that there is a sweet spot for what particular music is best.  He labels this as music with 120-140 beats per minute.  So if you are rocking out with your iPod for your workouts keep with faster upbeat music.  Pandora, internet radio, has even made it easier to get your genre going with specific workout stations; such as, dance cardio, hard rock strength training, 80's cardio, and many more.

I personally like to go with the hard rock strength training with a few of my top workout songs being Last Resort by Papa Roach, Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson, One Step Closer by Linkin Park, and many others by these artists.  Otherwise other great workout songs are Survivor - Eye of the Tiger, AC/DC - Thunderstruck and Back in Black, and LMFAO - Sexy and I Know It.

What are your favorite workout songs?

So next time you're working out crank up your fast paced music and workout with higher intensity



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