Umm, This May Be The Greatest Workout Playlist Of All Time

Umm, This May Be The Greatest Workout Playlist Of All Time

by | May 29, 2019

There are a few things that can really amplify a workout. Crushing it with a friend, for starters. Lacing up a fresh pair of sneakers. And perhaps a crowd favorite: cranking the beats.

The right workout playlist can make a huge difference on your next sweat session. One study published in the Journal of Sports Exercise Psychology found that music may change the way that you respond to fatigue—and even boost your endurance. Plus, other research has shown that tunes can make you feel more powerful.

A recent study even showed that participants who listened to music they deemed “pleasing” had higher levels of serotonin, known as the “feel-good” hormone. Combine that with a workout, which already amps up your endorphins, and you’ll really be treating your body right.

Looking for the perfect soundtrack for your next sweat? Check out these playlists for running, cycling, lifting, and yoga—excellent to help you rock your workout.

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Best Workout Songs For Running

The songs in this category hover around the standard BPM (beats per minute) cadence for logging miles, which is roughly between 170 and 180.

1. “Girl on Fire (Inferno Version)” by Alicia Keys

From the moment Nicki Minaj starts rapping to kick off this track, it’s absolute fire. There’s nothing like a woman telling you that you are capable of lighting things up.

2. “Energy (Wellman Remix)” by Drake

When the beat drops at around the 1:00 mark, you’ll be ready to bring your pace up another notch.

3. “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco

At 2:20 when the beat goes away and Brendon Urie’s voice rings through, we won’t judge you if you start that head-bop, run maneuver.

4. “Back to Delilah (Remix)” by Florence + the Machine and Drake

Anything Florence + the Machine touches is gold, but combine it with a Drake rap verse or two, and you’ve got endorphin-worthy perfection.

5. “Finest Hour” by Cash Cash featuring Abir

Every time the chorus hits in this track, it’s dynamite. Abir, a Morocco-born, New York-based artist, has got a voice that will send chills down your spine.

6. “A Thousand Miles (Scooter Hype White Girl Surprise Intro)” by Vanessa Carlton

If you thought your days of listening to Vanessa Carlton ended in high school, think again. Enter this remix of her classic, “A Thousand Miles,” which brings a new trap vibe.

7. “Run This Town” by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna

The name of this one says it all. Let Rihanna and Jay-Z inspire you toward a new PR.

8. “Burn” by Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding herself is a fitspiration. Aside from her stellar music, the singer once told Women’s Health that her go-to workout is Barry’s Bootcamp, filled with a whole lot of running.

9. “Apeshit” by The Carters

Beyonce + Jay Z = does it get any more stellar? This power couple knows a thing or two about creating beats perfect for 100-percent badassery.

10. “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande

“I want it/I got it,” Ariana sings. Female empowerment, FTW.

11. “Genius (Lil Wayne Remix)” by LSD featuring Lil Wayne, Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth

With so many powerhouse artists on one track, you’ve got a crazy sound that’s ideal for cruising at your goal pace.

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Best Workout Songs For Spin

Perfect for everything from sprints to slow climbs, these songs have a good range of BPM to bring you through a 45–minute session.

1. “If I Can’t Have You” by Shawn Mendes

This is the ideal song to kick off a spin class. At around 2:40, Mendes serves serious chills with his vibes as his voice takes over, sans background beats.

2. “Pony (Jump On It)” by Ginuwine

Okay, at first listen this song may make you think of Magic Mike. If that imagery doesn’t encourage you to pick up your cadence, I don’t know what will.

3. “DJ Turn It Up” by Yellow Claw

This. Song. Is. Made. For. Speed. Combine the quick beat with the beat drop, and you’ll be ready to move your legs as fast as possible.

4. “No Diggity (Fare Solid Remix)” by Blackstreet

The original of this song is so, so good. But the remix? With this in your ears, you’ll be ready to take the podium in no time.

5. “Stay (Scooter Mix)” by Alessia Cara

Perfect for a sprint in the saddle, Alessia Cara serves up a strong woman mood, as always—which I’m totally on board with.

6. “I Like It (Dillon Francis Remix)” by Cardi B

Get up and ready to jog out of the saddle. This Cardi B track has the perfect amount of hype to dance out your worries on the bike.

7. “Good Old Days” by Macklemore feat. Kesha

Sometimes you have those songs that come on in Spin class where you just close your eyes, ride to the beat, and be. This is one of those.

8. “New Level (Meaux Green Remix)” by A$AP Ferg

Just like the title says, be ready to level up with this hip-hop spin favorite.

9. “Indian Summer” by Jai Wolf

This is sweat standard. You’ve more than likely heard this song in a workout class but never knew the artist or name. So, you’re welcome.

10. Bounce by Logic

Do what the song says, feel your feelings, and leave the rest of your problems at the door.

11. “Innerbloom” by Rufus Du Sol

This song doesn’t feature a lot of words, but it does give you that oh-so-good vibe to help you conquer the world.

Best Workout Songs For Yoga

It’s time to turn down, just a little bit. These slower, soulful beats are the perfect tracks to take you through your next sun salutation.

1. “Field Below” by Regina Spektor

And, exhale. When you’ve made it to your mat and Regina Spektor is playing, all that matters is your practice. The rest can wait.

2. “True Colors” by Jules Larson

This Tracy Chapman cover will help you feel instantly relaxed.

3. “Free Fallin’” by John Mayer

A total yoga must, John Mayer takes the Tom Petty original to a whole new, calm vibe.

4. “Brooklyn In the Summer” by Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc has the sort of voice that is smooth like silk.

5. “I Was Made for Loving You” by Tori Kelly

There’s something so therapeutic about Tori Kelly’s vocals on this track. Perfect for upward dog or date night, we have a hunch this will be on your regular rotation soon.

6. “Mirror” by Madison Ryann Ward

She’s bluesy and soulful, with a hint of folk, rap, and gospel. Former athlete Madison Ryann Ward has a rare talent that will give you goosebumps.

7. “Beyond” by Leon Bridges

Put this on during savasana and relax to the low, charming tones of Leon.

8. “Cold Little Heart” by Michael Kiwanuka

It may make you think of Big Little Lies, but this is the perfect mid-flow track to help you pick up the pace.

9. “Missin’ You Crazy” by Russ

This lazy R&B track makes us think of cozying up on a rainy day. Or, taking a few deep breaths in downward dog works, too.

10. “Little Lion Man” by Mumford and Sons

This jam is for the finale, that part of your practice where you are ready to push yourself to the max before dialling it back down for a little meditation.

Best Workout Songs For Lifting

Consisting of mostly hip-hop, these bass-heavy tracks are just the right groove to be picking things up and putting them down.

1. “Nonstop” by Drake

Go on. Keep going. Drake knows you can.

2. “No Problem” by Chance the Rapper

Just like how you’ll feel when you stand in front of the weight rack and think: Yeah, I can lift that.

3. “Wish Wish” by DJ Khaled featuring Cardi B

Warning: This may just make you drop the weights and start dancing mid-set.

4. Bo$ by Fifth Harmony

If the shoe fits.

5. “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott featuring Drake

Hype? Check.

6. “Humble.” by Kendrick Lamar

This song features the perfect beat to crank out rep after rep, while feeling like a total badass. But still, you know…humble.

7. “Bulletproof” by La Roux

Third and final set, this is your track to kick it into high gear. It’s okay to sing along, too.

8. “I Can” by Nas

Just like the song says: If you work hard, you’ll be where you want to be.

This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US

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It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here. 

But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 

Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 

Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?