As we move into summer, people all over are rushing to perfect their summer beach bodies. Now, not being a fitness expert myself, it would be silly of me to tell our readers how to workout! But I can honestly say I have tried all the popular forms of workout, everything from Hot Yoga to kickboxing. No matter what type of workout routine fits you best, music is, I believe, instrumental to the workout process. But depending on what you do and what your workout is trying to accomplish depends on the type of music one listens to. So here are my recommendations for what music to listen to while doing your specific type of exercising. These are some of my favorite forms of exercise!
Kickboxing– Probably one of the more emotionally aggressive types of physical exercise, kickboxing is great cardio and strength workout. Whenever I did kickboxing, I felt that to push myself. I had to imagine someone’s face I wanted to punch right in front of me. More than physical, kickboxing releases anger or pent up emotion leaving you feeling relieved of unresolved anger. So, what I would pair with this workout is aggressive music. I think this is where all those songs on your iPod you listen to when you’re angry come into play. For my sister and I (my kickboxing buddy) we listen to music from bands like Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Godsmack, and Rob Zombie. If this music is too hard for you try something like “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood or other music from artists like Skrillex, The Killers, or even the score to “Rocky.”
Cycling/ Running– With heavy cardio exercises like these, the music has to have several beats per minute. All of us who work out know that when trying to run, calming music like Enya just doesn’t cut it! So I think this type of physical exercise is ruled by the pop culture. Music that exudes high energy is excellent for keeping up the pace of a treadmill-type work out. Music by artists like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Deadmau5, and pretty much anything from the 1980’s.
Yoga– A more meditative, and strength based exercise, yoga can not only tone, but can re-energize you and calm your mental state. Just the opposite of kickboxing, the soundtrack to your yoga workout should be mellow and meditative. One artist that really sticks in mind is an artist from eastern India, Ravi Shankar. He is a GENIUS on the sitar. His music seems to be more spiritual and cultural than a lot of things you might hear in the U.S.. If Shankar isn’t your cup of tea, then feel free to listen to anything you keep on your iPod that calms you down. Yoga is more than an exercise; it is a lifestyle and a path to spiritual enlightenment. Music from artists like Enya, Ellie Goulding, Celine Dion, or even any power ballads from the Rock n’ Roll genre.
What do you listen to while you’re getting in shape at the gym? Let us know!