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Are you working out to the right music?

by Nikki Montgomery

By Mistman123 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 

Losing weight is one of the most common New Year's resolutions. The gyms are flooded with people some who have been going for years, some who start every year as a gym regular then peter out after a couple months, and those who decide it's time to finally get off the couch and hit the weights. 

No matter which one of these you are you're probably updating your iPod playlist to help you through your workout. And that's good. Experts say that music helps you burn more calories while working out...as long as you're working out to the right music. If you think Eye of the Tiger is the ultimate workout tune and you're blasting it into your ears while on the treadmill you may actually be doing yourself a disservice.  

It turns out that workout tunes should be 120 to 160 beats per minute to kick that calorie burning into high gear. Eye of the Tiger, even though it motivated Rocky, is only 110 beats per minute. Here are some suggestions to get your heart pumping:

  • Rihanna - DON'T STOP THE MUSIC
  • Guns N' Roses - SWEET CHILD O' MINE
  • Pink - GET THE PARTY STARTED
  • Katy Perry - FIREWORK
  • Michael Jackson - BEAT IT
  • Kelly Clarkson - SINCE U BEEN GONE
  • Katrina and the Waves - WALKING ON SUNSHINE
  • Shakira - HIPS DON'T LIE
  • Fergie - FERGALICIOUS
  • Salt N' Pepa - PUSH IT
  • Snoop Dogg - DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT
  • Glen Frey - THE HEAT IS ON
  • Black Eyed Peas - DON'T FUNK WITH MY HEART
  • The Killers - MR. BRIGHTSIDE

That's just to name a few. And if you're determined to leave Eye of the Tiger on your playlist it's a good warm up song along with START ME UP by the Rolling Stones. You'll need cool down songs too, try Abba DANCING QUEEN and Rod Stewart DOWNTOWN TRAIN. Your warm up songs should be between 110-115 beats per minute and your cool down songs should be 100 BPM or less.

Have fun and good luck on your fitness goals. I know I need it :)