I talked about getting started and staying motivated with being active, and one of my tips was to get some good music to motivate you. Making a good workout playlist is not as easy as it seems, you really do have some things to consider, because making the perfect playlist can truly enhance your workout and can help you get the most out of it. So here comes my top tips for making a great playlist!
Pick Songs that You Love
This is something to think about, because although there are a million great songs that you could workout to, choosing the ones you love is so important. Now, I am the kind of person who can hear a song over and over again and never get bored, unless I hate the song, and then it will never work.
When I am designing a playlist for my Zumba Fitness classes, I will listen to my CDs over and over again until I start humming a few songs later on, then I know the songs are keepers. For me, I have a few favorite artists, and they are my go-to artists when it comes to making a playlist. Bottom line, you have got to love the music you’re going to workout to!
Some artists I love to run to: Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Daddy Yankee
Warm-up, Pump-up, Rev-up, Keep-up, Slow-up
These are some key parts to a workout, and you want songs that will fit with the different phases of your workout.
Warm up: I like to pick a song that warms up itself, something that gets more and more exciting as it goes on, to ease me into the workout. My favourite running song is Don’t Wake Me Up by Chris Brown, it is the perfect song to start my runs. In my fitness classes I pick something simple, but with a good beat, Dale Dale by Francesca Maria with Jayko, Cisa and Drooid is my current warm up song in my classes.
Rev-Up: these songs have to get you going, something that is making you excited to workout, when I run, I need a good tune to make sure I don’t turn around before the 2 km part of my run, so I like to pick one of my favorites. Something that never gets old, songs that you wont get tired of. Push Push my Kat Deluna and Akon has been one of my favorites for a while, I love that it repeats a lot but it is also a really classic catchy pop tune.
Pump-up: Pump up songs happen around the middle of my runs and workouts, these are good songs that you can change up often, I like songs that are super feel good, songs with good vibes, this is the middle of your workout, so you’re at the high, that accomplished feeling needs to be felt in the song. Sometimes I hate to admit this, but Pitbull songs are a good example of songs that is so catchy you feel great, , always a good pump up beat. One of my most requested songs in Zumba is Timber, yes the most over played song of the moment!
Keep-up: we are getting to that part of the workout that we need to use our very best, our most favorite song, the one that gets you most excited! This is the time that we are not wanting to finish but a good song can push you through. Personally I love Daddy Yankee, his songs are so fantastic for a feel good keep going jam, Limbo is my all time favorite, I could hear that song over and over again, this is also where Nicki Minaj comes in, I love her.
Slow-Up: Now we pick songs that motivate us to the end, but also set us up for a cool down. This is a good opportunity to choose a song you like, any song you like, it doesn’t need to workout material, something to listen to as you cool down and do some stretching, slow walking or anything else you do to cool down.
I cannot stress this enough, always make a list, I have tried to use shuffle before or choose songs as I go along, but it is important to get a list that is perfect for your session, the extra effort is totally worth it! I plan my Zumba playlist in advance, and I make sure that it is exactly how I want it!
Keep your time in mind
When I run, I run for time (and sometimes distance) so I like to pick the right amount of songs, I love to know what song is the second or third last, so I don’t have to check my watch for time, I like to think in the number of songs left. This also helps when you are improving times. I like to try and beat my playlist as a personal challenge, if it goes onto a song after my final tune or my cool down, I know I was not doing as well as I had hoped!
So tell me, do you workout to music? How do you choose your playlist?
Amanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist out of Southwest Middlesex, and London ON. She works with clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals!
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