February 26, 2013
It's almost March, which means it's time to kick your workout routine into high gear in order to look fabulous and fit for summer. Even though you might go to the gym with the best intentions, some ladies might experience a motivation drop shortly after walking through the doors. Luckily, RaraMusic.com is on your side, and has recently dished on the best songs to listen to during exercise to kick your stamina up a notch.
What music gets you pumped and why
According to a recent study neuroscientist Dr. Jack Lewis conducted for the website, listening to music during a workout can improve your endurance by as much as 15 percent, so picking the right tunes is a must. Lewis reviewed different types of music and the songs beats per minute (bpm) to see which type of music best amped up the brain.
From his work, Lewis found upbeat tunes, such as those that fall between 120 and 130 bpm are the best for "getting your brain into a highly aroused state" before you've even started your exercise routine. This type of music works to stimulate the Reticular Activating System, the part of your brain that is responsible for increasing your alertness and hyping up your body for activities, the news source reports.
Lewis also listed some of his top picks for getting more out of your workout, and some tunes might surprise you. The neuroscientist suggests listening to a few classic songs, including Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," first movement, Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony," last movement, "Ode to Joy," and Mendelssohn's "String Octet in E Major," first movement.
Classical not for you? Lewis also recommended a few more recent songs that could get you moving - "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People and "Hey Ya" by Outkast are both good examples of proper bpm levels.
Glamour magazine also posted music streaming site Spotify's top 10 streamed workout songs for even more options. According to the results, songs like Ke$ha's "Die Young," Calvin Harris's "Sweet Nothing" and "Locked out of Heaven," by Bruno Mars, all made the list.
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