A good workout playlist is essential for the gym – so the thought of training without one seems unbearable.
Recent studies suggest a workout playlist can enhance and influence a training session. Keep reading to find out how!
When we listen to music during a workout our brains release feel-good chemicals boosting our mood, dulling pain and increasing energy.
Current research suggests the mood enhancing chemicals also raise our pain threshold allowing us to train harder.
A 2010 study found cyclists work harder when listening to faster music, compared to songs with a slower tempo. It suggests music tempo can help us perform repetitive motions faster if nothing else, provide an upbeat rhythm we can set our pace to.
In his book, Applying Music in Exercise and Sport Costas Karageorghi points out, “the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, is particularly well known for his use of a brash and aggressive hip-hop playlist in the competitive arena. He is able to block out the pre-race hullaballoo, focus intently on the task at hand, and reinforce his identity as the imperturbable principal of the pool through his distinctly rap-centric soundtrack.”
Now we know music is beneficial to our exercise sessions, let’s get equipped with the ultimate winter workout playlist, to get you motivated and moving!
If I Lose Myself: Alesso vs OneRepublic
Scared To Be Lonely (Brooks remix): Martin Garrix
Move Your Body (Alan Walker remix): Sia
So Good (Goldhouse remix): Zara Larsson
Open: Yellow Claw, Jonna Fraser, Moski
Big Picture (THRDLIFE remix): London Grammer
One (your name) featuring Pharrell): Swedish House Mafia
Feels Right (Galloway remix): Jocelyn Alice
Hotter Than Hell (Jack Wins remix): Dua Lipa
Good Day (featuring DJ Snake and Elliphant): Yellow Claw
Light It Up (featuring Nyla & Fuse ODG remix): Major Lazer
In My Head: Galantis
Girls Like (featuring Zara Larsson): Tinie Tempah
Open Your Eyes: Sam Feldt
Living Out Loud: Brooke Candy
There are plenty of music websites to find the perfect workout playlist no matter your genre. So whether you’re a dance music fan or need a bit of hip hop or classic rock to get you lifting your weights stronger, pick your favourites, plug in and get into the training zone.