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Reasons to Work Out to Music

Reasons to Exercise With Music (Plus 7 Inspirational Playlists)

I'm one of those people who can't head out for a run without my iPod, so when I see other people on the treadmill without tunes, it boggles my mind. It's sometimes nice to just take in the sounds around you (especially when exercising outside), but here are some compelling reasons to turn up the tunes when turning on the sweat.

  • Music motivates: Too tired to hit the gym? Playing an upbeat song can help get you moving, making it much easier to slip on a sports bra and head out the door.
  • It beats boredom: Repetitive types of exercise like biking, walking, or jogging can get, well, repetitive. Stay motivated by listening to your favorite music or a playlist of new tunes you've been waiting to check out. It's an enjoyable way to make time pass more quickly, and before you know it, you're done with a 30-minute workout.
  • It inspires longer workouts: Listening to music can also encourage you to exercise longer. Before going on a run or ride, create a longer playlist and push yourself to keep going until the music is done playing.
  • It sets the pace: It's hard to give 100 percent when it's difficult to gauge how fast you're moving — music can help. Follow along to slower-paced songs for endurance workouts, and likewise, faster-paced music sets the tone if you're working on increasing your speed. If interval workouts are your thing, then create a playlist that alternates between moderately paced songs and superfast ones.

Need some inspiration? Keep reading for a list of workout playlists.

  • Rock and run: If you love upbeat rock 'n' roll tunes, here's a playlist of fast, fun indie songs with an electric twist to get you moving now.
  • All-American: Celebrate your patriotism all Summer long with the all-American tunes on this patriotic playlist featuring the likes of Kid Rock, Tom Petty, and more.
  • Electro-pop power: An electro-pop cardio playlist is perfect for an upbeat workout — or an impromptu dance party! — when you're in need of some motivation.
  • Classic rock cardio:The '60s and '70s were all about fast-paced rock 'n' roll tunes. Try this classic-rock cardio playlist out at your next gym session.
  • Pump up the jams: Don't leave getting your fill of '90s tunes up to the radio gods. This megaplaylist of the best pump-up jams from the '90s will push you through your workout with a smile on your face.
  • Songs of Summer: Bring the hottest tracks of Summer 2013 to your workouts with this Summer playlist featuring songs from artists like Macklemore and Daft Punk.
  • 5K soundtracks: If you'd like some music to motivate you for your next 5K, there's a pick on this list with the right BPM to help you keep your speed.
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