As someone who spent a lot of their teenage years dancing (both on the stage and clubbing at random dodgy clubs in the Medway Towns where I’m from such as the infamous Amadeus) I love running to music. It’s not just about the beat but I find it lifts my mood and can help enhance my performance.
While I have my favourite tracks – you could call my playlist eclectic – and avoid most stuff in the charts, my frequent visits to studios all over London and runs across the country are often accompanied by a tune or two. I’m also exposed to new workout music all the time which really helps when you want to focus on your goals.
Some people like to run without music and find it distracting and sometimes it’s good to run in silence so you can concentrate on your form, pace and breathing. There are other times, when that song can really push you to the finish line, especially when it has a high BPM (that’s beats per minute).
The whole idea of working out to music is that it can keep you on the right track in terms of your training session. You can almost tailor your workout in terms of intensities according to the BPM or (beats per minutes).
Want to hit it hard and really push it? Try a track of 140BPM and above. Aiming for a more moderately-paced workout or strength work? Something between 125BPM to 130BPM could work. As for that lower intensity, warmup or stretching, music from 100BPM to 120BPM should be a good place to start.
So how do these numbers translate into real life? Well, I was sent info on the top 10 songs for your workout in 2015 from an American site called RunHundred.com which may help.
#10 – Demi Lovato – Confident – 130 BPM
#9 – The Magician & Years and Years – Sunlight (Radio Edit) – 122 BPM
#8 – Andy Grammer – Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah) – 120 BPM
#7 – Icona Pop – Emergency – 126 BPM
#6 – One Direction – Drag Me Down – 139 BPM
#5 – Walk the Moon – Work This Body – 135 BPM
#4 – Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand – 123 BPM
#3 – Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (Nebuer Remix) – 135 BPM
#2 – Katy Tiz – Whistle (While You Work It) – 162 BPM
#1 – Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix) – 124 BPM
Based on a poll of 128,000 on their site, this top 10 list may breathe new life into your workout and help keep you motivated to stick to your resolutions in 2016. You can also find a whole range of songs to boost your workout at RunHundred.com as well as vote on your favourite. Then every month these suggestions are tallied up and a new top 10 is created. So if you want to be inspired by a new playlist, RunHundred.com may be worth a shot.