Working out can be hard and stressful, especially when it comes to staying motivating. It’s not just about staying motivated to go out there every day either, it can be hard to keep going while you’re exercising. That’s where one of the best mediums of entertainment comes in, songs.
Music helps elevate the human mind and heart, pumping us up and changing our emotions with the struck of a cord, that’s why there are some songs that are just peeeerfect for working out to, whether because of their powerful beat that just makes you want to go out there and punch a wall (please don’t do that) or cause of their lyrics that motivate us to become better.
So then, join us in celebrating some of the songs that are perfect for going out, putting your running shoes on and running a few laps.
Move by Mercy Me
Well this song is easy to go over anyone’s radar, even though the title would immediately put exercising in anyone’s mind (or walking at least). Move sports something that every great work out song should have, catchy music that makes you want to keep…well, moving. The song’s lyrics are simple, talking about how you have to keep going even if it things get tough, but they’re perfect when you’re feeling tired and like you have to stop.
Make a Man Out of You from Mulan
Yes, I know you’re wondering what a Disney song is doing on this list. But let’s be honest, Disney songs have become mainstay classics over the years and Mulan is easily one of the best movies. While the song itself may not be perfect, its theme of constantly working hard and getting back up to strive and become better is inspirational at best and enough to keep you motivated and forget about any stress or issues.
Stronger by Kanye West
This song is a bit closer to Move…sort of, Kanye West is nothing if not eccentric, but much like the songs above this one also talks about how you should keep going forward, but not for the sake of getting better or overcoming adversity, but because you’re indestructible and nothing that comes at you can break you. It’s certainly good to remind you to keep going and make you feel better about yourself if anything.
All My Life by The Foo Fighters
All My Life may not be the perfect song for working out, it doesn’t necessarily relate to any theme about motivation or anything of the sort. But it does rely on a catchy tune and a hard rock feeling that helps with pumping you up, plus some of its lyrics bring to mind the “no pain, no gain” phrase as well.
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson
Now this song is just fun. Uptown Funk made it into a lot of lists as one of the best songs from last year, and with good reason. With its great rhythm and catchy tune it is perfect for dancing, but this translate to exercise too. If you let yourself get taken over by the feeling of the song then you can easily forget about how tired you are and use that invigorating feeling of wanting to dance as extra energy instead. Just don’t get lost too much.
On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
We’re back on track with this hit song by Imagine Dragons. On Top of the World is honestly a really great song, it’s catchy and make you want to dance just like Uptown Funk but it also has a motivational message and lyrics that just make you want to believe in yourself and keep movie. Imagine Dragons in general, while having some pretty serious songs, is known for writing songs whose lyrics at least sound cheerful and just make you want to forget everything and sing out loud.
Scream by Usher
This one is more in the line of Uptown Funk, perfect for dancing and putting it at parties but also perfect for pumping you up, making you want to keep moving and letting the lyrics take you away as you exercise. Actually, since we’re speaking so much about dancing, there are actually a couple of exercises that totally give you room to follow along with a song, plus dancing itself is also an exercise and you don’t necessarily have to be at a club or with someone to dance your butt off. Plus, it’s hard not to sing and dance along to Usher’s voice.
Fighter by Christina Aguilera
This one is just a classic, Christina Aguilera has been one of the best singers to come out in this generation and this song exemplifies that. It puts her skills as a single in full displayed, matched well with great music and a catchy beat. The lyrics about recovering from hardship and growing stronger as you go is also one that can help in reminding a lot of people of why they’re working out in the first place, and, as stated before, motivation gets you a long way when it comes to staying on track.
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
Much like Fighter, this song is about overcoming adversity and those that have wrong you and becoming stronger as you go. However, this one utilizes a slower melody that gives way to a powerful chorus, the slow melody helps in pumping you up and preparing yourself for the high note, which in turn fills you with energy and allows you to let out all the pent up tension inside. This song is also great if you just need to let off some steam.
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Now this one, this one is THE classic work out song. Featured in the classic sports film Rocky, this song is one that essentially embodies everything the last songs did (except maybe the dancing part, but it is catchy). A song that talks about preparing for a great fight and working hard to overcome your problems, to keep trying even if it seems hard and to eventually get the win. While it’s great for a sports movie that’s also what makes it great for working out, staying motivated and working harder than ever.
So that’s the list, for now at least. There are really quite a few songs that are perfect for working out, some are a bit more conventional and well-known, while others are a bit more obscure or niche. Either way remember, grab whatever device you use to listen to music and get on out there.
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