Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Creating a Killer Workout Playlist

A great playlist can change everything.  I've always been someone who loves music. I don't really play any instruments or sing or anything. I took piano lessons as a kid but never really kept it up enough to actually be good. But, music has always been something that I turn on when I'm feeling sad or confused or happy or all of the emotions.  It's amazing how fast a song can turn your mood around or how you can connect with certain songs and lyrics.

Working out is no exception to this.  Sometimes a good workout playlist can get you through your workout or even just make your workout that much better. The other day while I was doing my strength training workout, the coach from Aaptiv had put together an awesome playlist that made me enjoy my workout even more. Did you know that when you smile while you're working out you do better?  It's 100% true. When you're smiling and enjoying your workout and when you're having fun doing it, you work harder and more efficiently and you do better!

My first thought when I decided to talk about your workout playlist was to share the songs I like to workout to, but then I thought that it wouldn't be much help to you if you don't like the same music as I do. So instead I want to give you some tips on how to create the best workout playlist.

When creating a playlist, obviously you'll be looking through the music you like and listen to the most. My first tip is to find what kind of music really pumps you up and makes you want to move.  Usually, this is the music that also makes you the happiest.

If the tip before still seems too broad, narrow it down by which music makes you feel depressed, or angry. Those would not be the genres to start with.

Make a list of your favorite songs from your chosen genre. Make it long enough to get you through your workout without a lot of repeats and with being able to skip songs you're just not feeling that day.

Change it up every couple of weeks or so. Sometimes adding new songs or just different songs will help your workout keep feeling fun and fresh instead of feeling normal or boring.

Put it on random this will help you feel like it's less repetitive every time you get out.

Have a cooldown/stretching playlist too with calmer music.

Those all seem like pretty obvious tips but sometimes when you stop to think about it, it really is that simple. Here's an example of the songs I like to workout to.

Counting Starts -- One Republic

Danger Zone --

Light Em Up -- Fall Out Boy

Billie Jean -- Michael Jackson

The Way You Make Me Feel -- Michael Jackson

Golden Years -- David Bowie

I Had You -- Adam Lambart

All this being said, I do not always listen to music during a workout. Especially while I'm running. It's not always safe to run on your own with music, and I feel like it kind of makes you reliant on music which you also don't one. But every once in a while, it is nice to have something to push you along.

Do you run with music or have a go-to playlist?

What is your favorite genre of music?


  1. I have a few playlists that I use when working our or running. Sometimes I put it on random to mix things up a bit.

  2. I am finding that I don't seem to "need" my music as much as I used to...but I still definitely have it with me for some of my longer runs (if I'm not running with a friend).

    1. I am the same way. I have a playlist just in case I need something to push me along but for the most part I don’t have to use it anymore!

  3. I don't usually run w music but I do listen to it while strength training. Thanks for the ideas

  4. I don't generally listen to music, because I go out so early, but I do have a few playlists. I listen to all kinds of genres: rap, pop, soundtracks, Broadway, etc. Right now, I'm actually listening to the Dirty John podcast if I'm by myself and it's light enough. Sometimes, I just need to hear someone talking.

  5. I am loving your playlist! I find just about any MJ song to be great to peer me through a run!!

  6. Light Em Up and Counting Stars are definitely on rotation when I'm working out! :] I love too many different genres of music so I'm not sure I can pick just one! I like browsing Spotify to discover new artists for my playlists!

  7. i like music usually when i run but it very soft music. i also like your playlist. most time play..Counting Starts -- One Republic.