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What Music Do You Listen To While Working Out?

Posted by Angie Schumacher Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven

Going to the gym and working out can get monotonous. The same machines, the same steps on the treadmill, it gets boring. Aside from changing gyms, what is something that can be done to make it a little more exciting each time you go? The answer is music.

Some gyms play upbeat music in the background, which you may or may not enjoy. So why not create your own exercise mix and put it on your MP3 Player or Ipod. Use music with different beats to change it up depending on what machine or exercise you are doing.

Music is a great way to take your mind off fact you are exercising, especially if you are a person who doesn't really enjoy working out.

Help me make a great list of workout music to give other people ideas of music to add to their MP3 player!

Here are some songs that I have on my MP3 player:

Joan Jett - I love Rock and Roll , Hate Myself For Loving You, Bad
Back Eyed Peas - My Hump, Let Get It Started
Nelly Furtado - Man Eater
Pat Benatar- I Need A Hero, All Fired Up, Hit Me With Your Best Shot
KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See
ACDC- Son of a Bitch, You Shook Me All Night Long
Limp Bizkit - Nookie

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I agree- music makes a huge difference! I asked a similar question about favorite running songs and got some great answers. Here are some others I'm a fan of...

Eye of the Tiger (of course)
Black Eyed Peas - Don't Phunk with My Heart
C&C Music Factory- Gonna Make You Sweat (a classic!)
Coldplay - Yellow
Eminem - Lose Yourself
The Killers - Mr. Brightside
LL Cool J - Mama said knock you out
Moby - We are all made of stars
Outkast - The way you move

KT Tunstall - Black Horse and a Cherry Tree

Queen - We will rock you, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Under Pressure

Modest Mouse

Alanis Morissette

Green Day

Social Distortion


Faster Kill Pussycat-Oakenfold

Heartburn-Alicia Keys

Head Turner-Joss Stone

Sexy Back; LoveStoned; Right for Me; Like I Love You-Justin Timberlake

I Want You-Savage Garden

Eyes Like Yours; Whenever, Wherever-Shakira

Beautiful Day-U2

Don't Stop the Music-Rihanna

This is a cool idea. I like Pink- Get the Party Started and Outkast- Yey Yeah!

Larisa R. - Under Pressure is one of my favourite Queen songs!

Some more songs/artists:

Justin Timberlake: Bringing Sexy Back and My Love

Kid Rock

Gwen Stefani - Wind It Up


Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way?

Britney Spears - Toxic (and a few other songs from In The Zone)

I have so many favourites, it's tough to think of them all!

Download this song!

"Feedback" by Janet Jackson

It's on her new album "Discipline"-perfect album title, and even song title, for someone working torward a fitness goal, eh?

I was doing my cardio on bike today, and I noticed that when Janet sang "crank it up," I started to pedal harder. The song's got some great beats, perfect to keep you moving. One to add to you "gym" playlist.

if you have access to iTunes, download "Ultra 2008 Continuous Mix" perfect for both cardio and strength training.
Depends on whether I'm doing a strength or endurance workout but it is usually something loud - Foo Fighters, Greenday, Rancid, Bad Religion... too many to list really
while  in woking time listen peacefull song .because if you listen hard core song  after sometimes you are tired . that'e the reason you choose slow songs, like any new introduce songs, 

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At least for my indoor/at home workouts.  I think it really helps, I've actually accidentally done HIIT before without it, I didn't realize I did not have it on until shortly after my workout when I was thinking about how lethargic and tired I was feeling during HIIT.  I was thinking that maybe I was overtraining but then I realized that in my morning slumber I never turned on my music.  My next HIIT session which was two days later in the week (which should have been worse if I was overtraining because I train 6 days a week) with the music was great.  I think it helps me keep pace and power through the intervals.


I need fast music. An 8-count is too distracting but anything w/ a heavy guitar or dance trance. I'm loving the Tiesto podcasts on iTunes...who said nothing in life is free?!


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