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Get Motivated: Turn Up the Tunes

Having a hard time keeping motivated while working out? We've all been there, but one thing that you can do to keep from hitting a slump is to make sure your iPod is packed and updated with toe tapping beats. New research has even found that the right music can enhance endurance by 15 percent and actually improve how you feel while exercising, which ultimately allows you to enjoy your workouts more. I'm all for that!

Got any ideas for music that is perfect for working out? Share them below, I know that my iPod needs to be updated and I would love the suggestions.


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miss-ellie miss-ellie 8 years
I love working out to house and/or dance music.. it has excellent beat for running and fast paced workouts. I recommend anything by Bob Sinclar or Kaskade. Also, Never Say Never by Armin van Buuren, Face to Face - Daft Punk, Calabria - Enur, Every Word - Ercola, Flashdance by Deep Dish.
funnygurrl22 funnygurrl22 8 years
Britney Spears "Break the Ice" NEVER fails to get me wanting to move.
SweetNGlow SweetNGlow 8 years
RebelKate: I recently started listening to podcasts as well. It's great for long walks and makes time fly on the StepMill. If you like to have a good laugh while you run, try downloading a comedy album on to your MP3 player--I swear, you'll want to keep exercising just so you can keep listening. I have new stuff like Dane Cook and classics like Richard Pryor. You get funny looks when you laugh out loud, but who cares!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
Totally second the Ting Tings and Feist! I also really enjoy Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Kiss Kiss" and "Date with the Night" and Garbage "Run Baby Run."
bekah-boo bekah-boo 8 years
Wow, I love all the lists!! I love 80s music and techno while working out - but it looks like I'll be d/ling a bunch to my iPod tomorrow!
rebelkate rebelkate 8 years
Here's an alternative to music (which I tend to get bored with). I listen to podcasts while I walk or run. I get completely caught up in the topic and it totally makes my workout go faster. I have caught myself laughing out loud sometimes while running!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have to agree that music really does motivate me. if i'm working out and a slower song or an older song comes on - then i'm immediately tuned off. lately BOTTLE POP by the pussy cat dolls is one of my favs and so it 'breaking dishes' by rihanna.
esweet esweet 8 years
The #1 song I listen to when I'm at the end of a workout and need to keep up the pace / sprint is Survivor by Destiny's Child.
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
Live Your Life - Rihanna ft. T.I. I Fell in Love with the DJ - Che'nelle ft. Baby Cham Never Leave You - Lumidee When I Grow Up - Pussycat Dolls Love Me or Hate Me - Lady Sovereign Dude - Beenie Man About Us - Brooke Hogan (I know, I know-- so shoot me!) Wine Up - Kat De Luna Let it Rock - Kevin Rudolph ft. Lil' Wayne Give it Away - Deepest Blue Big Girls, You are Beautiful - Mika 9 pm - ATB Closer (Deep Soul Remix) - Goapele (for a cool down)
SweetNGlow SweetNGlow 8 years
More maximum benefits use music that matches the tempo of the exercise you are doing. If you want your heart rate to increase to 110bpm during a warm-up, choose tracks in the range of 80 – 120 bpm. The Run to the Beat website has a cool graph that matches running intensity to specific tunes, like Keliss Milkshake for 65% Max HR, The Progidy's Firestarter for 75% max HR and S Club 7's Reach for 85% Max HR. You can even download the specifically chosen playlists on the site.
evictinggertrude evictinggertrude 8 years
anything by the Matches (they're a smaller alterna-rock band but so great to run to!
Da-Ly Da-Ly 8 years
My playlist for running: My Moon, My Man - Feist Dame de Lotus - Emilie Simon Fleur de Saison - Emilie Simon Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk Rising - Yoshida Brothers Storm TM mix - Yoshida Brothers Vanilla - Gackt Without a fight - Hoobastank L.E.F. Loud Electronic Ferocious - Ferry Corsten iFuturelist - Akira Yamaoka Cool Baby - DJ HMX & Plural
smouri smouri 8 years
Oh, and i have this one which i call rock'n'running. Also really good for a workout.... Since U Been Gone- Kelly Clarkson I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry Just A Girl-No Doubt My Favourite Game- The Cardigans Take It Off- The Donnas I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer- The Cardigans This Is Love- PJ Harveyk Hold On - KT Tunstall I Feel It All- Feist I Don't Mind- Swan Lee Black Horse and the Cherry Tree- KT Tunstall Perfect White Girls- Patty Griffin
smouri smouri 8 years
I choose this playlist for running 9 out 10 times, because it real is the top of the pops: What You Waiting For? -Gwen Stefani 4 Minutes To Save The World - Madonna Ft. Justin Timberlake Me Against The Music - Britney Spears/Madonna Please Don't Stop the Music - Rihanna Maneater - Nelly Furtado Sexy Back- Justin Timberlake Die Another Day- Madonna Hollywood- Madonna Survivor - Destiny's Child Overprotected-Britney Spears Break The Ice- Brittney Spears Jumpin, Jumpin- Destiny's Child The Creeps - Camille Jones Slow- Kylie Minogue
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I second the Ting Tings, tlsgirl. But my vote is for their songs "That's Not My Name" or "Keep Your Head." Their music is excellent for keeping the energy flow up.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Shut Up and Let Me Go - The Ting Tings Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand (it was in the Gossip Girl promos) Ready, Steady, Go - Paul Oakenfold Knock 'Em Out - Lily Allen My Humps - Black Eyed Peas Womanizer - Britney Operate - Peaches name a few. I try to switch it up a lot so I don't get bored.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I'm updating my ipod today! Britney Spears song 'Womanizer' is the most recent thing I added. These are my go-tos: Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow anything by Jimmy Buffeett #1 by Nelly Supergirl by Saving Jane Work It by Missy Elliot Stronger by Kanye West All I Wanna Do by Sugarland theme from The Biggest Loser Beautiful Girl by KT Tunstall Stronger Woman by Jewel Hips Don't Lie by Shakira I could go on and on, but I'll stop there. I have about a bajillion different playlists for different forms of exercise and various moods. LOL
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