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Pump it up with music

Is there a song that you can listen to on loop and get an energy boost every time you hear it? If there is, it’s time to add it to your workout playlist. The kind of music that you dance to in an aerobics class or listen to while doing cardio can turn your mundane exercise routine into a fun activity.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 24, 2012 18:37 IST
Charu Sharma
Types Of Music

Is there a song that you can listen to on loop and get an energy boost every time you hear it? If there is, it’s time to add it to your workout playlist. The kind of music that you dance to in an aerobics class or listen to while doing cardio can turn your mundane exercise routine into a fun activity.

Experts say that music helps sustain the momentum during a workout session. Althea Shah, fitness expert, Gold’s Gym India, says, “Music helps keep the atmosphere charged and energetic. DJs are also available in most gyms to play the right tunes.” Pilates trainer Vesna Jacob says, “Simply put, music makes any activity more fun, and the moment we perceive something as fun, there are more chances of us staying and persisting with it — we get hooked.”

So, can the same kind of music be used for all workouts? Jacob answers, “Some gym goers demand music in order to set their rhythm and to motivate themselves, while others view music as a distraction from the system. For example, in my classical Pilates class, or a traditional yoga class, we don’t use music, as the participants tend to listen to the music more than focusing on their posture and meditation.”

However, Seema Sondhi of The Yoga Studio doesn’t mind using music during yoga sessions. “During yoga, we play soothing, spiritual music by artistes like Deva Parmal, that help participants to focus on their inner self”.

A good fitness playlist will match the workout objectives. Prachi Aggarwal, a fitness expert, says, “The workout should start with tracks that instantly get you into the groove. In the middle, have songs that keep you upbeat as you are likely to get tired.

The end should give you a burst of energy to complete the workout.” Talking about the ideal playlist, Jacob differs: “The playlist is made in a way that the beginning is slower, then it builds up as the workout progresses and then gets slower as we start cooling down.”

High intensity

Aerobics, long-duration workout sessions

mosh by Eminem
enter sandman by Metallica
how low by Ludacris
love etc by Pet Shop Boys
THE FIXER by Pearl Jam
sex on fire by Kings of Leon

Low Intensity

Yoga, brisk walking

Norwegian Wood by The Confluence
Gayatri Mantra by Deva Premal and Miten
Sun Is Shining by Bob Marley
Sunrise by Norah Jones
Fearless by Pink Floyd
Indu by Masood Ali Khan

Super High Intensity

Kickboxing, weightlifting

down by Stone Temple Pilots
you don’t know by 50 Cent and Eminem
the new workout plan by Kanye West
here i go again by Whitesnake
winner by Jamie Foxx and Justin Timberlake
Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne

Medium Intensity

Cycling, jogging

The Final Countdown by Europe
C'mon (Catch em' By Surprise) by Tiesto featuring Busta Rhymes
Power by Kanye West
Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyonce
Te-Amo by Rihanna
Rock that body by Black Eyed Peas