Fit Bits: It’s All About the Beat
February 15, 2016
I have a confession to make.
Sometimes, I listen to music while I run.
As a cross country runner, I feel like people expect me to be one of those hard-core, earthy, granola-loving runners, the kind who sports toe running shoes and is always sipping on a pack of Gu. And, while I do love granola, I can’t say I always fit the stereotypical runner, and the topic of music is always where my views diverge from the running magazines.
Look, I understand blasting out the world completely while I’m running will block out my environment and hinder my safety, but if I can still hear the bark of an annoying dog and the music coming from my headphones on a run, I’d call it a win-win situation.
Here’s the issue: I’m always struggling with picking the perfect playlist. Pick a song too slow, and the run will start feeling like a death march. Pick a super fast-paced song to start off, and the first mile of the run will be way, way too fast.
Picking the best music choices comes down to picking songs with a the correct BPM, or beats per minute, for your pace of exercise: the faster the workout, the faster the BPM.
To actually check a song’s BPM, click here, but for an easier, more realistic method, pick a song with a quick beat maintained throughout. Although Adele is certainly a great artist, “Hello” is not exactly the most uplifting tune mid-workout. Pick your own or check out the playlist below for 24 songs sure to get you through even the toughest of workouts.
Isabel Hanewicz is a senior at Robinson High School and is the editor-in-chief of RHStoday. She was named the 2014 Emerging Young Journalist of the Year...