Illustrated by Austin Watts.
If you're lucky enough to have found a workout or sport that you absolutely love doing, you probably need little convincing to get your exercise on. When you enjoy the routine, it becomes something you look forward to. But, for some people, working out is probably the most dreaded activity of the day — so dreaded that it doesn't even happen. If only our gym fairy godmother would swoop into our bedroom and carry us to the treadmill. Since that's probably not gonna happen, Spotify went ahead and did some research to see if music had any influence on your workout.
According to its research, women are more likely to workout pre-breakfast and earlier in the week. Women also have a greater tendency than men to use music synchronously — meaning to exercise in time to the beat (which you can go ahead and blame on spin class). As such, pop and dance tracks from artists like Rihanna tend to feature heavily on women's playlists, since the songs have regular rhythmic patterns fit for repetitive-type exercise tasks.
To make the most of its findings, Spotify teamed up with the Music in Exercise and Sport Group at Brunel University in London to create the ultimate workout playlist. It's based on both the global popularity of tracks and the tracks' tempo, style, and lyrical content. Dr. Costas Karageorghis, deputy head (research) of the School of Sport and Education at Brunel weighs in: “When synching your movements to the beat of the music, increase the intensity of your workout by raising the music tempo by one or two BPMs beyond your comfort zone — this will increase your workrate with the added benefit that the difference in effort will be almost imperceptible.”
In other words, this playlist is scientifically proven to help you get the most out of you workout. Who knows? You may even stick to that fitness resolution this year. See you at the gym in the morning?