Let’s be honest. Running on the treadmill or even jogging in the park can be boring and as such, it’s hard to stay motivated to run that last 10 minutes or even that last kilometre. However, that’s where music comes in and while we’re sure that you’ve got your favourite workout songs, here is our playlist for the New Year which will definitely get your heart rate thumping and make you feel positive while working out.
Music helps elevate the human mind and heart, pumping us up and changing our emotions with the struck of a chord, that’s why there are some songs that are just simply perfect for working out to – whether because of their powerful beats that just make you want to go out there and hit the tarmac or because of their lyrics are motivational.
So then, introducing our New Year playlist filled with workout songs that will encourage you to put on your running shoes and get movin’!
Move by Mercy Me
This song is easy to be missed by most, even though the title would immediately put exercising in anyone’s mind (or walking at least). “Move” sports (pun intended) something that every great work out song should have, which is a catchy tune that makes you want to keep…well, moving. The song’s lyrics are simple, talking about how you have to keep going even if it things get tough, but they’re perfect when you’re feeling tired and are tempted to stop.
Make a Man Out of You from Mulan
Yes, I know you’re wondering what a Disney song is doing on this list. But Disney songs have become classics over the years and Mulan is easily one of the best movies. While the song itself may not be perfect, its theme of constantly working hard and getting back up to strive and become better is inspirational at best and enough to keep you motivated and forget about any stress or issues during your workout.
Stronger by Kanye West
This song is a bit closer to “Move”. Kanye West is rather eccentric but much like the songs above, “Stronger” is about how you should keep going forward because no adversity can break you and all you’ve got to do is overcome them and become stronger. It’s certainly good to remind you to keep going and make you feel better about yourself if anything. After all, you’re working out to become stronger, and healthier!
All My Life by The Foo Fighters
“All My Life” may not seem like the perfect song for working out as it doesn’t necessarily relate to any theme about motivation or anything of the sort. But it does rely on a catchy tune and the hard rock vibes will help with pumping you up and this is especially great on a day when you’re feeling angsty. Keeping fit while de-stressing to rock music? Done!
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson
Now this song is just fun. Uptown Funk made it into a lot of lists as one of the best songs from 2015, and with good reason. With its great rhythm and catchy tune, it is perfect for dancing, but this translate to exercise too. If you let yourself get taken over by the feeling of the song then you can easily forget about how tired you are and use that invigorating feeling of wanting to dance as extra energy instead. Just don’t get lost too much.
On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
We’re back on track with this hit song by Imagine Dragons. “On Top of the World” is honestly a really great song, it’s catchy and makes you want to dance just like “Uptown Funk” but it also has a motivational message and lyrics that just make you want to believe in yourself and keep moving. The punctuation of the ‘hey’ in the lyrics are also cheerful enough to make it a super positive workout song!
Scream by Usher
This song is great for dancing and playing at parties but also perfect for pumping you up, making you want to keep moving and letting the lyrics take you away as you exercise. Actually, since we’ve mentioned dancing so much, you might want to blast this in your living room and just dance! Dancing itself is also an exercise and you don’t necessarily have to be at a club or with someone to dance your butt off. Plus, it’s hard not to sing and dance along to Usher.
Fighter by Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera is one of the best singers to come out in this generation and this song exemplifies that. It puts her skills as a vocalist in full display, matched well with great music and a catchy beat. The lyrics about recovering from hardship and growing stronger as you go is also one that can help in reminding a lot of people of why they’re working out in the first place, and, as stated before, motivation gets you a long way when it comes to staying on track.
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
This is our second song that’s entitled “Stronger” and much like “Fighter”, this song is about overcoming adversity and those that have wrong you and becoming stronger as you go. However, this one utilizes a slower melody that gives way to a powerful chorus, the slow melody helps in pumping you up and preparing yourself for the high note, which in turn fills you with energy and allows you to let out all the pent up tension inside. This song is also great if you just need to let off some steam. We also love James Arthur’s cover which is heavier on the guitar but still captures the distinct strong rhythm.
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Now this one, this one is THE classic work out song. Featured in the classic sports film Rocky, this song is one that essentially embodies everything the last songs did (except maybe the dancing part, but it is catchy). A song that talks about preparing for a great fight and working hard to overcome your problems, to keep trying even if it seems hard and to eventually get the win. While it’s great for a sports movie that’s also what makes it great for working out, staying motivated and working harder than ever.
So that’s the list, for now at least. There are really quite a few that are perfect as workout songs while some are a bit more conventional and well-known, while others are a bit more obscure or niche. Either way remember, grab whatever device you use to listen to music and get on out there.
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