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The Science Behind Your Ipod's Excercise Playlist

Posted Oct 03 2008 12:52pm

This NY Times article discusses the science behind the music people play while exercising.  In general, the harder the workout, the faster the music (in order to match the beats per minute of your heart).  Several songs are mentioned, and I was gratified to see "Gonna Fly Now" from the Rocky Soundtrack (although I prefer "Going the Distance").  I tend to prefer hard rock on my workout lists, whether running or lifting, though the occasional dance/hip hop song will also make the grade (such as "Momma Said Knock You Out," also mentioned in the article).  A few of my other favorites over the years have included:

  1. "Rock Me To The Top" by Tesla
  2. "Kickstart My Heart" by Motley Crue
  3. "Gonna Make You Sweat" by C + C Music Factory
  4. "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult
  5. "One Vision" by Queen
  6. "Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC
  7. "Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider
  8. "Slip Slide Melting" by For Love Not Lisa
  9. "New World Man" by Rush
  10. "Any Way You Want It" by Journey

That's ten of my faves, anyway (as a typical guy, I have numerous playlists to cover just about every occasion, including several workout related lists).  The songs above are typical, along with more recent releases ("Be Yourself" by Audioslave and "Feel Good, Inc. by Gorillaz come to mind).  In any case, the article is interesting, and it has links to other lists that are fun to check out, and just might give you a few more ideas to spice up your list!

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