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Workout with your favourite playlist!

If you spent your teen years mastering the art of the music mixtape to impress the opposite sex, you may already know the key essentials to creating the perfect workout playlist. If not, this week renowned fitness blog Fit Bottomed Girls offers...

health and fitness Updated: Apr 17, 2012 13:21 IST

If you spent your teen years mastering the art of the music mixtape to impress the opposite sex, you may already know the key essentials to creating the perfect workout playlist. If not, this week renowned fitness blog Fit Bottomed Girls offers insights to giving your lagging workouts some musical motivation, no matter your preferred genre.

1. For starters, you’ll need to kick off your playlist “with a killer track that grabs attention,” noted Fit Bottomed Girls. “Choose a song here that inspires and motivates you but has a moderate tempo.” Aim for a song that isn’t too rushed, ideal for light stretching and easy movement, such as “Rock with You” by Michael Jackson or “Crazy” by Aerosmith, noted the site. Looking for something inspirational? Try “Proud” by Heather Small (best known as American television series The Biggest Loser's theme song).

2. The second song should be more moderate- to fast-paced in tempo with a strong and catchy beat that inspires you to ramp up your cardio workout. Examples: “Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas and “Running Down a Dream” by Tom Petty.

3. To work in some intervals into your workout, your playlist should feature songs with varying beats, so be sure to add high-energy songs into the lineup. Fit Bottomed Girls' favorites include “Hey Ya” by Outkast and “Maniac,” the Flashdance theme, by Michael Sembello.

4. After a high-energy song, add in a mellower tune to recover, so you can slow down your pace but still keep moving. Songs like “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor and “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree are good choices, according to Fit Bottomed Girls.

5. The site also recommends adding in some guilty pleasures, whether pop, country, or heavy metal, to hold your interest during your routine.

6. The final song, “the mother of all songs on your playlist,” is “basically a pump-you-up song times 10 because it has to inspire you at the time in your workout when you’re the most tired -- the very end,” writes Fit Bottomed Girls. Ideas: “The Final Countdown” by Europe or “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor.

7. Lastly, round out your workout with one or two cool-down tracks. Some examples include Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”

Need more ideas? Blog She Fit also recently shared a few choice tunes for workout playlists.

Jessie J, "Domino"
Taio Cruz, "Dynamite"
Katy Perry, "E.T." featuring Kanye West
Michael Bublé, "Everything"
Flo Rida, "Good Feeling"
Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
Far East Movement, The Cataracs & Dev, "Live a G6"
Bruno Mars, "Marry You"
Maroon5, "Moves Like Jagger"
LMFAO, "Sexy and I Know It"
Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)"
David Guetta & Nicki Minaj, "Turn Me On"
Ke$ha, "We R Who We R"
David Guetta, Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj, "Where Them Girls At"