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Motivational Music for Your Workout

May 29th, 2012

As you run on the treadmill listening to your MP3 player on shuffle, do you ever realize there are some songs that really get your adrenaline pumping to push through another half a mile? On the other hand are there songs that seem to instantly make you feel fatigued? What is it about songs that have this mental impact on us while we are working out?  Dr. Kravitz, program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, says there are four likely conclusions that can be drawn from studies explaining music on exercise performance; music reduces fatigue, boosts spirits, produces relaxation response, and improves motor coordination.

Now that we know what music can do to us, what songs have the biggest impact on us?

Motivational songs vary from person to person because of many factors like sex, age, location, culture, etc. Researching online for great work out songs shows different blogs and other websites that either have the public vote, or just listed their personal favorites. Nicole Nichols a blog writer on DailySpark.com listed her Top 50 Songs of 2011 then had people vote on their top 12. The list goes as follows:

 1 Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger
2 Lady Gaga Born This Way
3 LMFAO Party Rock Anthem
4 Adele Rolling In the Deep
5 Black Eyed Peas Just Can’t Get Enough
6 Jennifer Lopez On The Floor
7 LMFAO Sexy And I Know It
8 Lady Gaga Edge Glory
9 Katy Perry Last Friday Night
10 Pink Perfect
11 Foster the People Pumped Up Kicks
12 Nicki Minaj Super Bass

What’s your Top 5 Motivational Work Out songs? Tweet us @SmoothFitness, #Top5WorkoutSongs

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