Getting through a difficult workout has little to do with endurance and more to do with mindset. If you decide you CAN do one more set or push through to the end of your 45-minute cardio class, you'll be surprised what your body is capable of.
Motivating music is just one of the ways to keep you going when you start to feel tired. Before you even step out the door for a jog or hop in the car to head to the gym, get in the mood with one of these catchy and motivating tunes! Or add all of them to your workout playlist!
1. "Heading Home" by Gryffin feat. Joseph Salvat
Warming up? Start your workout on the right foot with a chill but energizing track with 120 BPM (beats per minute). This is great to listen to while on the treadmill or stationary bike before pumping the weights.
2. “Pump up the Jam” by Technotronic
There's nothing like a peppy dance tune to get your feet moving on the treadmill or spin bike. Listen to this song for moderate to intense workouts, and you might find you can do more reps than usual.
3. "The Greatest" by Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar
I listen to this during Barre class when my legs are about to give out from too many "pulsing" chair squats. My favorite part is the "don't give up" lyric - it's pushed me through many a workout.
4. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory
It's a classic and it has to go on your gym playlist. If you're a fan of the 90s, dance music is the way to go while you're breaking a sweat on the elliptical, stair machine, or during your morning run.
5. "On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons
I included this song as part of my spin playlist because it makes me feel powerful and happy. Conquer those stairs or maybe climb a steep hill to the beat of this track.
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Have you ever heard of music therapy? We already know music can affect our emotions, which can influence our physical health as well. Something to remember is to always include positive tracks on your playlist. If you're only listening to angry and sad songs, you're not likely to dwell on positive thoughts.
All of these workout songs will make you feel strong, motivated, and happy. It's not always bad to listen to sad songs, though. If you're going through a hard time, listen to these 21 songs to help you feel better.
Here are 5 more peppy workout songs:
6. "Sandstorm" by Darude
Whether you've heard this song before or not, you'll know exactly what's coming when you hear the music build. If you like to run or bike, you have to include this song in your playlist. You'll work 20 times harder to the catchy beat.
7. "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
You're sitting on the couch after a long day of work, and you're not sure if you have the energy to go to the gym. Play this classic and you'll be out the door in no time. Your body is almost always capable of more than what your mind thinks.
8. "Waka Waka" by Shakira
You can't work out without a little Shakira thrown into the mix. This hit from a few years ago is never old when you're doing cross-fit or high intensity interval training.
9. "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon
When your lifting more weight than you usually do, it's time to crank it up a notch when it comes to music. This track is heavy, aggressive, and will have you tackling a difficult workout in no time.
10. "Feel this Moment" by Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera
It may start a little slow, but the chorus will give you an opportunity to give your best effort. I love this song because it cues the perfect balance between maximum effort and rest periods between sets.
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Many of these tunes are already my faves, and I've built spin and gym playlists using them. Pick the ones you like and leave me a comment below with your favorite workout track! If you need to catch some ZZZ's after your amazing workout, check out this list of therapeutic music that will have you dozing off in no time.
Here are the final 5 best workout songs for you to enjoy:
11. "Let's Go" by Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo
Don't stop, won't stop. Keep your heart-rate up and your feet moving to the catchy beat of this track. If you felt like giving up before, you'll remember why you came just a few seconds in.
12. "I'm an Albatraoz" by AronChupa
Remixes are sometimes the best versions of the original song. Step up your game with the strong staccato beats of electronic I'm an Albatraoz. You may not like it on the first listen, but it will grow on you.
13. "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida
I love the blend of rap and dance in this fast-paced song. As the song title suggests, it will give you a good feeling while you're squatting, doing your third round of bicep curls, or spinning it out on the bike.
14. "Spaceship" by Comet Blue
I'd never heard this track before, but I'm adding it to my workout playlist next chance I get! If you like a good blend of zen and peppy sounds, this was made for you.
15. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole
Cool-down is just as important as the workout. Make sure you take 6-10 minutes to wind down your workout and stretch to a relaxing tune like this one. Do it. Trust me, I've watched people pass out from not cooling down for long enough.
There you have it! A full workout playlist to use for your next long-distance run, trip to the gym, hike, or bike ride.
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