The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You… Moving!

by Hanna Reising, Program Assistant, Beaumont myOptimal Health

Exercise playlistPicture this.

One day you put your tennis shoes on and plug your headphones in and go for walk. You breeze through it in no time with some pep in your step.

The next day you decide to do the same thing except you feel as if you are trudging through a long and arduous journey.

You ask yourself, “What was the difference?”

The answer could be the music that you were listening to! A new study has found that people adjust their stride and pace depending on the type of music they are listening to while walking. When people listened to music they perceived as being bad, aggressive, loud or fast, they picked up the pace. When they listened to tender, slow, soft and fluent music, they slowed down.

Everyone has different music preferences, so our suggestion is to try to find something that you like with a consistent beat and rhythm that is upbeat. For your cool down, take it down a notch to something a little more soothing and relaxed. Need some suggestions for your next stroll?

Here are some of my fast-paced favorites:

  • “Pump It”—The Black Eyed Peas
  •  “Get Myself Together”—Robyn
  • “Tightrope”—Walk the Moon
  • “Bad Kids”—Lady Gaga
  • “I Need to Know”—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Need a cool down? Here are some of my simple slow jams:

  • “Hold On”—Alabama Shakes
  • “Carry On”—fun.
  • “Heart of Gold”—Neil Young
  • “Silver Springs”—Fleetwood Mac
  • “Amber”—311

What are some of your favorite songs to listen to while exercising?

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