Maybe it’s been a while since you last updated your workout playlist. What kind of music do you listen to while getting your cardio on? Whether you turn to Beyonce’s newest album or Motown Pandora station, everyone has a favorite musician that gets their heart racing and blood pumping.
But what about those songs that pull at your heartstrings? They might have a strong bass line or irresistible beat, but the association you have with them is definitely on the emotional side. From Refinery 29, blogger Kelsey Miller shares why an emotionally-charged playlist might make you work out harder than your tried-and-true playlist.
Miller’s contributions for Refinery 29 have recently revolved around sharing her own weight-loss journey, and in her latest post, she reveals an exercise experience that changed the way she works out, for the better.
What does Miller suggest changing about your current workout routine? “Feelings make you move” Miller shares in her piece. So simply put, it seems like common sense but truly speaks to a response to music that we universally share but might not articulate. Miller follows up her first statement with “Perhaps it’s the aforementioned cathartic effect of exercise, or just the fact that moving music is, well, moving. All I know is when I listen to these songs, I work harder — but, somehow, it’s easier.”
Who are some of the artists that contribute to Miller’s playlist? Alanis Morissette, Adele, and Beyonce are some of Miller’s emotional picks, while brighter tunes from Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, and Cee Lo Green keep the pace high. By mixing up your workout pace, you’re more likely to naturally work out in intervals and make your heart work harder by speeding up and slowing down.
What songs will you add to your playlists? Share with us in the comments.