It’s scientifically proven that exercising to a beat improves your performance and results. So we’ve rounded up some new music for your workout playlist that can match (or improve) your pace, whatever that pace may be.
We worked our way through the most recent Billboard charts in several music categories, choosing songs that are near the top of the list or moving up. We then ran them through a website that tells how many beats per minute each song delivers, so that whether you’re a walker, jogger or runner, you can get your groove on.
So how do you figure out your approximate steps per minute? Simple: Get on a treadmill. When you’ve reached a steady pace, count your steps for a full minute. Casual walkers often log about 115 steps per minute; fast runners can exceed 165 steps per minute.
Spin these tunes a time or two and see what feels right to you. Once you’ve established a range, you can build your own workout playlist, even customizing it for warm-ups and cooldowns. And you can up the ante, increasing the beats per minute to boost your cardio as you improve.
Now you’ll always be ready to bring the Thunder (Imagine Dragons, 168 bpm) at the gym. And as always, we want to hear from you: Tell us your favorite song for walking/jogging/running at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Songs to Move To
“Bad At Love,” Halsey, 118 bpm
“Sorry Not Sorry,” Demi Lovato, 144 bpm
“Ready For It?” Taylor Swift 160 bpm
“Rx (Medicate)” Theory Of A Deadman, 120 bpm
“The Sky Is A Neighborhood,” Foo Fighters, 130 bpm
“Rockstar,” Post Malone, 160 bpm
“Whole Wide World,” Cage The Elephant, 121 bpm
“Passion,” AWOLNATION, 138 bpm
“Suit and Jacket,” Judah & the Lion, 164 bpm