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10 Heart-Pumping Tunes For Your Workout

Posted Jan 27 2009 3:52pm

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Do you listen to music when you exercise?

In 2005, there was a study which showed that people who listened to music during their workout performed up to 13 percent harder than they would without music.  Another study in 2006 showed that people could hold a 2.4 pound weight at shoulder height and arms length in front of their bodies for up to 10 percent longer when they listened to music.  Yet, other studies will argue that for the serious athlete, music is a distraction and should be avoided if you want to see gains in your results.

For me, however, moving to the beat of some of my favorite tunes keeps me motivated and inspired (depending on the words).  With music, my workout lasts longer, I am more alert, and I feel I have much better results.  Overall, I am much more likely to stick to an exercise program when motivational music is playing in my ears which gets my heart pumping.

Music to get you going.

Below is a list of 10 songs which I enjoy and which help to increase my workout performance.  I start out with some songs a little on the slow side, then provide some to amp things up a bit, and then some to slow things back down.  Please share in the comments below your favorite tunes for workout motivation.

  1. 1, 2 Step, Missy Elliott
  2. That’s Not My Name, The Ting Tings
  3. Live Your Life, Rihanna
  4. Pump It Up, Elvis Costello
  5. I Like The Way You Move, Body Rockers
  6. Keeps Gettin’ Better, Christina Aguilera
  7. Womanizer, Britney Spears
  8. Maneater, Nelly Furtado (Instrumental)
  9. Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder
  10. I Love The Way You Move, Daniel Craig

Live Your Life, Rihanna

Pump It Up, Elvis Costello

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