Have you been wanting to start working out but feel unmotivated? Don’t worry, I’ve been there. It wasn’t until this year that I’ve become serious about working out. But, we both know it’s not that easy to just go to the gym and start running or lifting weights. Not only that, but it can be boring! Especially if you don’t have a fitness playlist that gets you pumped and ready for your workout. Here are some tips that I’ve used to create my own workout playlist:
7 Tips on Creating a Fitness Playlist:
- First off, congratulate yourself that you are dedicated to working out. Yay! Go you! It can be difficult, sometimes almost impossible, to have the willpower to workout daily, even weekly. But the fact that you want to start and commit yourself to a healthier lifestyle is worth being proud of.
- Check the amount of available space you have on your music device. You don’t want to realize halfway through your fitness playlist frenzy that you don’t even have enough room for all your music! So, if you’re limited on space, I recommend only picking 15-20 songs that really make you want to move! If you have a lot of space, like I do with my old timer iPod, then I recommend downloading anywhere from 25-40 songs. If you’re someone who likes shorter workouts, then go for around that 20-15 mark.
- Here comes the best part, downloading all that music! One of the first things you need to think about is if you want to do a workout to the beat of a song. For example, if you’re doing cardio, you might want a faster song, than if you were lifting weights. If you do want to workout to a beat, try and determine your stride. This way, you can time your stride to the BPM (Beats Per Minute) of a song. If you don’t know how to determine BPM, check out Tempo Tap. The way it works is you tap your spacebar to the beat of the song and the site will calculate the BPM.
- Pick songs that are upbeat. Upbeat can mean a few different things. Upbeat can mean happy, inspirational, or face paced. Regardless of any songs you pick, it should incorporate at least one of those descriptions. The songs you pick should motivate you to push yourself and make your workout the hardest, strongest, and best workout you can do!
- Consider the structure of your workout. If you like to start with something fast like cardio, structure your playlist to play fast songs first. If you’re listening to the wrong kind of song during your workout, it can make it feel longer and make you less motivated to continue. We don’t want that! So when planning your workout, consider what you want to accomplish first and pick songs accordingly.
- Don’t pick songs that distract you too much. Okay, I’ve had this problem in the past. On my playlist, there used to be songs that I’d love to sing out loud. Now, if you’re at the gym, people around you don’t want to hear you singing (even if you have a gorgeous voice). I recommend picking songs that motivate you and engage you, but don’t distract you from your surroundings. Be courteous of others!
- Make sure that you have decent headphones to listen to your music! You don’t want to get to the gym, only to find out you can barely hear your music when you worked so hard on making it! I’d recommend taking a look at Techradar, they have a great list of all kinds of headphones.
Hopefully, you found some of those tips helpful when making your ultimate fitness playlist! Lastly, I’d like to share with you some of the songs on my own playlist. Who knows? Maybe you’ll like some too:
- Victorious by Panic! At The Disco
- Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
- Starboy by The Weeknd
- Love Runs Out by One Republic
- Black and Yellow (K Theory Remix) by Wiz Khalifa
- The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy
- Confident by Demi Lovato
- Work B**ch by Britney Spears
- Ride by Twenty One Pilots
- Bulletproof by La Roux
- Fighter by Christina Aguilera
- Kiss with a Fist by Florence + The Machine
And so many more! Thanks for reading and please comment below on your favorite workout songs, we’d love to hear your thoughts! Please like, share, and subscribe, thank you!