We Got the Beat

Born this WayA new year – a new you?  If you are determined to become more active in 2012, add music to your exercise formula. It has been scientifically proven that music distracts you from fatigue and energizes you during a workout.

The tempo of the music can help you maintain a steady pace; in fact, many exercisers look for a specific beats per minute (bpm) when creating their workout song list. If you need ideas for songs to add to your list, check out these suggestions from Fitness magazine’s 100 Best Workout Songs.

Who shows up the most often on these playlists? Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance“(127 bpm) and “Born This Way”  (124 bpm) show up on several lists.  Try Britney Spears’ “If U Seek Amy” (130 bpm) or “I Wanna Go” (129 bpm).  “Break Your Heart” (127 bpm) and “Higher” (128 bpm) by Taio Cruz also appear on many top ten lists.

Check out the music selection at your local branch. This Baby Boomer likes “Boogie Shoes“(120 bpm) by K.C. and the Sunshine Band or “Love Shack” (130 bpm) by the B-52s  to get going!

What’s on your list?


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