There are a lot of things to consider when exercising. You may want to lose weight, tone up muscles or just get that little bit healthier. Whatever the reason, it should be fun, and the way to put the fun in is to have a background track to your session. While it may be tempting to just put together a compilation of all the music you like, that is better suited to when going out in the car for a day and not when you are specifically looking for exercise music.
Know Your Limits
It may seem like a good idea to work out in the same way as a professional, but think before you do, if you don’t have a lot of experience, you won’t be as supple or recover as quickly. You may have some great exercise music, but is it good enough to get you through the session once you start to struggle. Rather than make things hard for yourself, know what you can realistically do and pick the tunes to fit your ability, not the other way around. There is so much music out there, it should not be impossible to find tracks that you enjoy hearing and are ideal for motivation.
There are two main levels that you want to concentrate on – unless you really are a beginner and are not able to do more than the basics that is. The ones to go for are moderate intensity and high intensity. It will be easy to put together tracks you like and then skip through a few and just work out to your favorites. If you don’t make the session last as long as it should, you are only cheating yourself, and no amount of time spent listening to your favorite music is worth that.
It is worth considering what form of exercise you will be taking when selecting the music. If new exercises are being tried you may not be up to speed and won’t want to be working at your normal tempo. “Eye of the Tiger” may be great for motivating you to go further than before, but won’t do much for your concentration if doing more detailed movements. Sometimes choosing something that does not have words will be better heard, as you will not concentrate on the words, rather the movements you are making.
It’s not just the speed of the track that can be altered to help you work out, but the volume. Any song will sound different depending upon the volume it is played at. This works particularly well when it is something such as the treadmill that is being used. Sometimes the equipment may need to be altered to make things work, but sometimes it is simply the tunes. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get it right first time; just try again and again until the tracks are just what you need.
Rock the Room
Rock songs are very popular and many will have some of them on their list of favorites. “We will Rock You” is known by all and even if you are not a Rolling Stones fan, you are bound to move to “Satisfaction.” Once “Jump” by Van Halen starts, you will be well into the session and ready to hear the set out.
Slow it Down
In the same way that you know to slow down and warm down, the exercise music has to do the same. It is no good trying to get your muscles to relax and get back to normal if there is still the desire to bounce around to the tunes you are listening to.