Music Increases Endurance

As any runner with an iPod (or back in the day, a Walkman) could tell you, listening to music increases your exercise endurance. A recent study now proves it – and not just a little, but by 15%!

That being said, my running playlist has been getting stale. There are a few songs that will remain (probably forever), but for the most part, I need some fresh stuff. That doesn’t necessarily mean NEW music, just some upbeat songs that will help keep me going on my runs. Here’s what I’m keeping on the list (highly recommended for your own workout playlist!):

  • Viva la Vida – Coldplay
  • Hip To Be Square – Huey Lewis & The News
  • Peace Frogs – The Doors
  • Standing Outside the Fire – Garth Brooks
  • Eye of the Tiger – Survivor (naturally…)
  • Sinnerman (Felix da Housecat’s Heavenly house Mix) – Felix da Housecat & Nina Simone

All the rest, like I said, are stale. I find myself skipping them when my iPod shuffles to them, and that’s not what I want to have to concern myself with on the road.

That’s where you guys come in! What helps keep you moving when you’re working out? I’m looking for suggestions – Bring it on!

5 Responses to “Music Increases Endurance”

  1. Jessica Says:

    What diverse taste you have! I’ll try to think of some songs for you.

  2. South Beach Steve Says:

    Anything by Huey Lewis and the News will work – I love his (their) upbeat music.

  3. Alicia Says:

    I’m a little late on the 200 sit-ups challenge, but I did the initial test today. I was able to do 66 so I’m starting at week 3. I’ll meet you at the 200 sit-up mark!

  4. Sarah Says:

    There is this album called Electric Samurai by Tomoyasu Hotei– it is this kinda weird electro/rock. I like it for doing my push-ups and for Kung Fu practice.

    Also, I like KMFDM for workouts (but I don’t know if you would like it). They are a purposely cheesy industrial/electrorock group. But the driving beats are great!

  5. Stephen Says:

    I prefer heavy metal to get the juices flowing. Try static-X, Slipknot, or Mudvayne.