Unfortunately, the simple fact is that working on a treadmill can become quite monotonous, and you may end up dread your exercises if you really can not stand being on your treadmill, no matter how high tech it is because it does not May seem to stay motivated. But one of the strategies that a lot of people employ while on the treadmill involves listening to the right music.
Think about how different types of music make you feel. For example, when you’re stressed, what music do you typically listen to to calm down? And when you’re tired, what genres do you prefer to listen to because they really are able to get up and move? After figuring out which genres help you feel different emotions and energy levels, you can choose the right music that is perfect for listening during your workout.
Songs to keep you moving
There are so many different styles of music out there, and millions of songs to choose from. Therefore, it can be difficult to reduce these song choices to those that will really work for everyone when they are trying to get through a hard workout on a treadmill. That’s why we will not bother listening to real songs in this article. Instead, we will focus on what or styles of music and, more specifically, what tempos, you can listen to throughout the various phases of your time on the treadmill.
Different songs can help you get through the different parts of your workout, to change things. Taking our suggestions is the first step, but, again, because there are so many musical options to choose from, it really is ultimately up to you to decide what works for you and what does not.
Music to listen to during warm-up
Warming up is the first step you need to take every time you walk on the treadmill if you want to have a safe, effective workout that will relieve, rather than cause, your aches and pains. This is the time in your exercise routine that you can take to really prepare your body for what lies ahead. If you can not warm your muscles properly, it increases the risk of injury, so you definitely do not want to overdo it, both physically and musically.
For this particular phase of your training, choose music that is mid-tempo. Even a slower rhythm song will do. The key, however, is that the songs you choose will motivate you and start energizing you, so make sure you do not pick songs that are too relaxing because you will have a harder time getting it as a result. A good rule of thumb is to warm up for about 5 minutes with this type of music before plunging into your actual cardio routine.
Music to listen to during your actual cardiovascular training
After your warm up, you should start walking faster and take in a slow run. Mid-tempo songs are still appropriate here, especially when you can easily distinguish the beat and the bass line because you can follow the tempo of the songs with the tapping of your feet on the tape.
As you advance in a race, you want the tempo of your music to increase with the energy of your body. This will really move you, especially if you turn up the volume also in your favorite high-tempo songs. The fast-paced songs that move you should also make you happy, so do not choose songs that make you angry or aggressive, as this could make you sacrifice your form.
Music to listen to during cooling
Finally, when it’s time to cool down slowly, it’s time to change the songs on your playlist one more time. If you take a brisk walk first, continue with a mid-tempo song again. This will help lower your heart rate and also allow your mind to slow down as well.
Once you have completed this part of your workout, it’s time to cool down and slow down even more during the last few minutes of walking on the treadmill. At this point in your workout, a slow-paced song that really relaxes your body and your mind is better. Again, you want it to be a positive song, rather than a depressing one. In addition, you want to be able to relax and stretch after getting off the treadmill, so that slow songs will help you take the extra time you need to make sure your body has cooled properly after an intense race.