I love music. And, for me, music is one of the best parts of working out. Not only does it give me a listening-outlet for my guiltiest of music pleasures, but it gets me moving, making workouts more fun and therefore more effective. (When it’s fun, the time just flies by!) In fact, recent studies have found that music can make workouts feel easier and actually increase endurance by as much as 15 percent. Fifteen percent!
Because even the most exciting workout playlist can get stale every now and again, we thought we’d share a few tracks that are currently playing on our iPods. Sometimes a few new workout song or two is all you need to spice things up and—quite literally—get to jammin’ the next time you get your fitness on!
The Best New Workout Songs: August 2011
1. Super Bass, Nicki Minaj. Yeah, so Nicki Minaj is getting a lot of press today for a wardrobe malfunction on GMA, but we’re really digging her tunes—not the headlines. We loved her on Kanye’s album, and this song is the perfect smooth, steady state song for cardio!
3. On the Floor, Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull. Yes, this song has been out for a few months, but it still pumps us up during intervals to go just a little bit harder and a little bit faster!
4. Good Life, OneRepublic. Want to end your workout feeling extra good? Play this OneRepublic track that is guaranteed to leave your sweat-session with a smile on your face and a good feeling in your heart. Corny, but true.
5. Pumped Up Kicks, Foster the People. We couldn’t do just all pop, now could we? This track is upbeat, energizing and makes you want to whistle along. Get pumped up with it!
So, those are the best new workout songs we’ve been jamming to…what have you recently added to your workout playlist? Tell us about it! —Jenn