How the right music can help your workout + the best workout songs of 2015

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Moving to the right beat for your exercise routine can be very beneficial to a workout, which is why I use the website Run Hundred for playlists and to stay up to date with the best workout songs each month.

Numerous medical researches crossing the disciplines of biomechanics, neurology, physiology and sport psychology have investigated into the interplay of exercise and music in recent years. The findings suggest that people “automatically feel the beat” of the music they listen to and instinctively adjust their walking pace and heart rate to the tempo of the music.

Listening to music while exercising in particular, has been proven to create an increased sense of motivation, distracting the mind and increasing heart rate, therefore also increasing the calories burnt. Faster tempo music has specifically been found to motivate exercisers to work harder when performing at a moderate pace.

Each new year finds countless folks resolving to get (or stay) in shape. If you’re still making resolutions, you can score your musings on the last year with some of its musical highlights. Alternatively, if you’re ready to get moving, you can use the best of 2015 to power you into 2016. In either case, here’s the full Top 10 list, according to 128,000 folks polled on Run Hundred.

Taken individually, the year’s best workout tracks are each solid picks for topping off an existing mix. As a whole, though, they might work even better —as they balance two of the main elements in a great playlist: familiarity and freshness.

On the familiar side of things, you’ll find pop stars like Demi Lovato and One Direction. There are also breakthrough hits from new acts like Andy Grammer and Jess Glynne. Elsewhere, remixes give a second wind to big singles like “Heartbeat Song” and “Uptown Funk.”

On the fresh side, there’s a club collaboration pairing The Magician with Years and Years. The only rock band to make the cut —Walk the Moon— did it without the help of its smash “Shut Up and Dance.” Lastly, newcomer Katy Tiz nabbed the number two spot with an unusually fast pop song (and almost no help from Top 40 radio).

#10 – Demi Lovato – Confident – 130 BPM
#9 – The Magician & Years and Years – Sunlight (Radio Edit) – 122 BPM
#8 – Andy Grammer – Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah) – 120 BPM
#7 – Icona Pop – Emergency – 126 BPM
#6 – One Direction – Drag Me Down – 139 BPM
#5 – Walk the Moon – Work This Body – 135 BPM
#4 – Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand – 123 BPM
#3 – Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (Nebuer Remix) – 135 BPM
#2 – Katy Tiz – Whistle (While You Work It) – 162 BPM
#1 – Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix) – 124 BPM

To find more workout songs, you can check out the free database at Visitors can browse and download playlists and song selections by genre, tempo, and era to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.


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