Music has inspired great painters, writers, and of course, other musicians. But how about athletes? Proper workout music can really motivate you!
The power of a great playlist while running or sweating it out in the gym should never be underestimated.
In this guide, we’ll talk about how to harness music to get the best sporting performance out of yourself.
Refine Your Workout Music Playlist
Obviously, listening to your favorite tracks to get yourself in the mood for a workout works wonders. But have you tried creating a special playlist purely for the purpose of breaking your PB?
Some athletes recommend that you build a song list that starts slow and leisurely for your warm-up, then ramps up in the middle to fully energize you.
Then, it can dip back down into more chilled tunes at the end to gradually ease yourself out of a high-intensity workout. In the end, you’ll feel like you’ve been on a real journey!
Recommended tracks for a workout playlist can include:
- Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger;
- Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger;
- Darude – Sandstorm;
- Kanye West – Stronger;
- Eminem – Lose Yourself;
- Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn;
- Beastie Boys – Sabotage.
You don’t need to take our advice, but these are some that work well for us!
Maybe rock or classical is more your thing. In any case, choose tracks with high energy and fast beats for the center of your playlist, then add slower songs on either side for your warm-up and cool down.
Hopefully, doing this will ensure you work harder than ever when working out, and properly prepare your body beforehand.
Get Fit While Playing Music
This may sound a little unorthodox, but: have you ever wanted to learn an instrument? If so, it could actually help you become a better athlete.
Drummers know full well that playing their instrument is very physically demanding. They need great upper-body strength and need to keep up the endurance to play live for an hour or more during concerts.
So, if you ever fancied becoming a drummer alongside keeping fit – this could be the perfect instrument to learn!
Of course, good instruments aren’t cheap. Don’t let that put you off though – quality instruments can be found at inexpensive prices on sites like Amazon, eBay, or second hand from professional stores.
You can buy used cymbals online or in-store to complete your drum set or amazing pre-loved guitars, cellos, and basses from sellers local to you.
You just need to know where to look, and what to look for. Basically – don’t let money stop you!
Besides the physical aspect of banging drums, wind instruments can help you train your breathing, which comes in very handy for sportspeople.
Professional wind musicians, like those who play the trumpet or saxophone, increase their lung capacity over time by strengthening their respiratory muscles.
This, along with beneficial breathing techniques learned through playing these instruments, certainly helps athletes when training. All runners know that proper breathing is key to keeping up stamina during a race.
Make Time For Yourself
Combining your love of music and fitness is like doubling down on your “me time”. If you usually have a really busy life, set aside a couple of hours in the week to plug into your favorite album and go for a run.
Maybe downloading a new EP from an artist you love onto your MP3 device will give you the motivation you need to go to the gym: you might as well work out while you make time to listen to it!
In this way, you’re forcing yourself to do more workouts and get that little step further towards your goal, whether it’s to lose weight, gain muscle, or something else. You got this!
If you’re stuck in a rut with your sporting ambitions, take a moment to think about how using music could help you. Try it out today, you could be surprised!