Listening to music boost your brains and that some notes and keys can actually help you feel happier. Music has the power to evoke emotions and memories, to motivate and inspire you.
I wrote this article on the basics of building your own workout playlist for that same reason, I’m sure we have all found ourselves working out to our player in shuffle and on the treadmill while Adele is in the background. UGHHHH! Here are some tips you should follow if you want to avoid that!
Follow your heart
Mixed playlists are the key to keeping yourself inspired, make sure to have several music genres with different tempos and duration. Have songs with 120 to 140 beats per minute (BPM) which means songs that are fast -but not too fast-, but also add songs that are slow that may work for pre-workouts, and cooldowns. You can test each song on songbpm which will give you the information for each song.
Mash it Up
Choose music with lyrics and rhythms that are energetic and will make you push yourself. Choose music that will make you feel good about yourself and promote positive vibes on you. Think of songs like Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen or Shake it off by Taylor swift. Mix in classics you know the lyrics to so you can sing along and stay motivated, but also make sure to add new songs or songs without lyrics but with a good tempo that will help you keep the pace and concentration.
You do not want your playlist to jump from a 140 BPM to an 80 BPM, it would be a mood killer. Start with something slow that will be increasing its intensity gradually, this will help you start with a lot of motivation. Avoid abrupt changes or keep them for when you need to transition between exercises.
It is important to know that you will probably not get it right on the first try and that your playlist for leg day will be different than your upper body day playlist, so take your time and learn from trial and error, do not get frustrated, you will learn more about your body and endurance as you keep practicing.
Learn from others
Go on streaming services and check out their algorithm-made playlists or the playlist other people have built and get some inspiration from them, you can find awesome tracks you did not know about, but also learn about which music can work for the different exercises.
Make sure you have the proper earpiece
Some people work fine with Bluetooth earplugs, some don’t take your time to know which works for you, and you can test this out for a really low budget. Make sure your final decision isolates noise so you can keep your mind and body focus on the playlist you so dearly built, but also choose those that are comfortable and will not be falling of your ear every 2 minutes.