Fit Bits: It’s All About the Beat

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Photo I. Hanewicz

Isabel Hanewicz, RHStoday Editor-in-Chief

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.