The Music-Exercise Connection: Playlists

Posted: January 27, 2012 in Music
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How do you enhance ANY activity, making it more fun and enjoyable?

Just add music.

Music can greatly enhance any activity. From washing dishes to a holiday party, and everything in between. Throw on some tunes you like and even the mundane becomes fundane (*new word alert*). I have a ridiculous habit of listening to music and dancing while mowing the lawn……mow-dancing. There’s countless studies on the connection of music to mood and motivation, but you don’t need the scientific details to feel it for yourself.

What I’m going to focus on in this article is one aspect of the music-exercise connection, and that’s playlists. I’m a huge advocate of making playlists on iTunes, and I have one for pretty much everything. They’re really simple to make and can be very useful.

Here’s some ideas for playlists: And get creative with the names of your playlists. It makes life more fun.

  • Workout Music- The database of workout songs.
  • Individual Workout Playlists- Customized playlist(s) for specific workouts and/or types of workouts.
  • Cool- Drip with swag when you walk down the street. Ex/ Outkast – So Fresh, So Clean
  • Motivation – Before work, before class, before a presentation, etc. To get you in the zone and ready to crush any obstacle in your path. Ex/ The Roots – The Fire
  • Favorite Songs Ever – Your favorite songs to enhance any situation.
  • Uplift – To pick you up when you’re feeling down.
  • Instrumental – Instrumental music, if you want to play music when reading, writing, studying, etc.
  • Calm/Relaxing – Music to calm yourself down if you’re anxious.
  • Sleep- If you like to sleep with music on. It’s interesting to make different sleep playlists and see how it affects your dreams.
  • Feel Good – Anything that puts a smile on your face.
  • Sex- Yup, haha. A good ol’ knockin boots playlist.
  • Party – Party/dance music.

Those are just some general ideas for playlists. The point is to customize as much as possible to suit your preferences.

My “system” for workout music:
I like to have a database of workout songs (I’m at 506 now). I also keep individual playlists for running and one for general workouts (mine is called “Gym”). I transfer music from the workout database to the Gym playlist to make a playlist for a specific workout. If I don’t have time, I simply put the workout database on shuffle. I’ve been using this kind of system everyday for the last 5 years or so, and it always keeps me motivated.

Get creative! The more clever and useful things you do with playlists, the more beneficial it is for you.

Put the “play” in playlist…P!

Bonus: 3 awesome resources for iTunes and playlists: (check em out)

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