I don’t know about you but when I listen to music I tend to have a more productive. I also don’t find myself counting down the seconds to the end of the exercise or run. In my effort to get summertime fine I did some research on how best to incorporate music into your workout. I learned that you playlist should include songs that build up to the same BPM as your target heart rate, which is actually a range.(Caution: Some math follows.)
Your target heart rate = 50 percent to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate.
Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age. So for me:
Maximum Heart Rate: 220 – 26 = 194 beats per minute/BPM
Target Heart Rate: 97 – 165 BPM
According to the American Heart Association: Heart rate during moderately intense activities is about 50-69% of your maximum heart rate, whereas heart rate during hard physical activity is about 70% to less than 90% of the maximum heart rate.
I’ve pulled together this Get Fit Playlist with the BPM of each song included. Feel free to customize your own playlist based on your target heart rate. There are plenty of apps or resources that can help you identify the BPM of your favorite songs.
Get Fit Playlist
- Rihanna – Work – 92 BPM
- Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) [feat. Pharrell] – 120 BPM
Andy Grammer – Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah) – 120 BPM
- Jennifer Lopez – Ain’t Your Mama – 120 BPM
- Ed Sheeran – Sing – 120 BPM
- Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Joe Perry & Travis Barker – Bad Man – 120 BPM
- Tori Kelly & Big Sean – Hollow – 126 BPM
- Kid Cudi – Pursuit Of Happiness (Extended Steve Aoki Remix) – 128 BPM
- Britney Spears – Work B**ch – 128 BPM
Muse – Uprising – 128 BPM
- Ghost Town DJs – My Boo – 130 BPM
- 3OH!3 – Don’t Trust Me – 130 BPM
- Lady Gaga- Applause – 140 BPM
- Drake – Jumpman – 142 BPM
- Chris Brown – Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) – 146 BPM
- Justin Timberlake – Chop Me Up – 147 BPM
Maroon 5 – Harder to Breathe – 150 BPM
Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark – 152 BPM
- The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya) – 160 BPM
- Panic! At the Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies – 170 BPM
- Hairspray Soundtrack – You Can’t Stop the Beat – 170 BPM
- Drake – Energy – 172 BPM
Michael Jackson – They Don’t Care About Us – 180 BPM
Jack White – Lazaretto – 180 BPM
What are some of your favorite workout songs? Leave me a comment below and I’ll add some new songs to the get fit playlist.