my workout playlist

If you’re anything like me, some days you just need that extra push to get you out of bed in the morning, that extra little bit of motivation or something to add that spring to your step, that helps to stop you from hitting the snooze button and rolling back to sleep. Personally I try to achieve this in two ways. The first is not even giving myself the chance to talk my ‘sleepy morning self’ out of my workout, to do this the ‘super motivated’ version of me will set the alarm the night before only 5-10 minutes before I have to leave. I literally only give myself enough time get dressed and maybe grab a quick pre-workout snack. I have to just jump up and go, no time for excuses. The second thing that I find really helps to get me moving is music. I think that the perfect playlist can work wonders for your workout and once I’m up it really helps to keep me going. When I hit that play button I can push myself that little bit harder or pump it out along to my tunes for that little bit longer. I thought I would share my little workout mix, because I really do think you need the right kind of music for you to move to. This is just what works so me, I have a few different sorts of songs for the different stages of my workout, hopefully it’s a helpful guide to then create your own.

WARM UP Personally, most of my warm up music is trashy, yet super catchy pop songs. They’re upbeat and fun which really help get me up and moving. More than half of these songs are probably zumba workouts that got stuck in my head, which I couldn’t get out until I downloaded them. Depending on your music taste it may feel shamefully sinful to have the likes of Justin Bieber in your playlist, but no one else needs to know.

1. Justin Bieber ft. Nicki Minaj – Beauty and a beat

2. Karmin – Brokenhearted

3. Bruno Mars – Locked out of heaven

4. Calvin Harris – feel so close

5. Naught boy ft. Sam Smith – La la la

6. Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – I need your love

7. Taylor Swift – I knew you were trouble

8. Akon – Angel

9. David Archueleta – Touch my hand

10. Waka Waka – Shakira

11. David Guetta ft. Sia – Titanium

MIDDLE Here I just like to have songs that I enjoy listening to, anything that I can sing along to in my head. This allows me to tune into the song and tune out from the physical aspects of my workout. Majority of the songs are still very up beat and bright. Don’t ask me why but most of these songs seem to remind me of summer, which I think really helps to motivates me, especially on days where the sun is shining. The others are more just slightly sentimental songs that make me smile. Together with the endorphins being as a result of my workout, this part of my playlist just generally makes me happy.

1. Avalanche City – Love love love

2. Maroon 5 – Never gonna leave this bed

3. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

4. City and Colour – The girl

5. Whitley – Head, first, down

6. Avalanche City – Drive on

7. John Mayer – Clarity

8. Imogen Heap – Goodnight and go

9. The Temper Trap – Fader

10. Jack’s Mannequin – Dark blue

11. The All American Rejects – Move along

12. The Script – For the first time

13. Scouting for girls – Love how it hurts

14. Phillip Phillips – Gone gone gone

15. Coldplay – Every teardrop is a waterfall

16. Mumford and Sons – Little lion man

17. Third Eye Blind – Semi-charmed life

18. The Sundance Kids – Solutions

19. Colbie Callait – Fallin’ for you

20. Gorillaz – On melancholy hill

 COOL DOWN When I start to slow it down I like my music to do the same. These songs generally have a slower beat and softer melody. They’re generally a little less upbeat and bright when it comes to the content but oh well, I like them. If you’d prefer some happier songs then please go right head, I personally don’t find that they bring my mood down in anyway.

1. Youth Group – Forever young

2. John Powell – Kisses and cake

3. Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

4. Thirsty Merc – All my life

5. Obadiah Parker – Hey ya

6. Angus and Julia Stone – And the boys

7. Rock Kills Kid – I turn my camera on

8. Jose Gonazlez – Heartbeats

9. Florence and the machine – Never let me go

10. Whitley – Lost in time

11. Jon McLaughlin – Smack into you

12. The Weepies – World spins madly on

13. The Panics – Don’t fight it

14. Snow Patrol – You could be happy

15. James Vincent McMorrow – We don’t eat

 This is just an example of my playlist, I try to have a larger list of songs then I need so that I don’t have to same playlist on repeat every time I want to workout. Even though I did just list all of those in order of the stages of my workout, I tend to just hit shuffle and then skip a song if it doesn’t match how I feel at that moment.

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