• Thu, Aug 26 2010

Top 5 Songs To Avoid When Exercising

Can’t go to the gym without your iPod full of Gaga and T.I.? Well, you are ahead of science! The NYT reports on a study that demonstrated that exercisers move faster when listening to fast music and slower listening to slow music.

That said, here are our top 5 picks to keep OFF your iPod when working out:

  • “Everybody Hurts” — R.E.M.
  • “Tears in Heaven” — Eric Clapton
  • “Blue” — Joni Mitchell
  • “Comfortably Numb” — Pink Floyd
  • “Twilight” — Elliott Smith

And if these songs come on at your gym, it’s probably time to switch to a different fitness facility.

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  • Lauren

    Isn’t this kind of a “duh” moment? Myself and all my fitness friendly buddies all have their workout playlists, and they all include the fast upbeat songs or angry rock music to get you going. I thought this was just common knowledge. Good to know I actually am good at science no matter what that C in High School Biology says.

    And if you’re OCD like me, I actually have 5 workout playlists – All Cardio, Dance Cardio, Rock Cardio, Strength Training, Stretching. I know, I took it too far.

  • CurlySarah29

    I tried doing the upbeat, pump-you-up music on my iPod when I’m working out, but what really helps me, since I primarily do cardio, is having songs that I know the words too – it doesn’t matter if it’s a fast or slow-tempo song. I just need to be able to mouth the words to it and it REALLY helps me breath at a regular pace. I’ve told several friends who say they can’t regulate their breathing while running, and it’s helped them, as it helped me.

    • CurlySarah29

      * to
      songs that I know the words too*

      **I hate typos… especially my own!**

  • nolalola26

    Thank you, science! You sure spent that money wisely! Would you like to next prove that most people think babies are adorable, or that getting enough sleep makes you feel better in the morning?