Through years of experience, I've found that there's only one cure to this phenomenon: the right song. When a tune I love starts playing through my headphones, I can forget any level of fatigue. The beat inspires me to keep going and keeps my mind off my shaking muscles or my boredom with my same-old running route.
I’m not alone. Research shows that music can make exercise feel easier. The only drawback is that building the perfect playlist is a never-ending process, requiring constant updating to feed your soul with a fresh supply of energy-boosting beats.
If you need a hand, Spotify has some suggestions. They recently analyzed more than 54 million workout-themed Spotify playlists to come up with the songs exercisers listen to the most. The very top track was Eminem’s “‘Till I Collapse.” Also on the list: “Dance Monkey” by the powerhouse Australian singer-songwriter Tones and I.
Spotify also called out their most-followed workout playlist. That's lined up for you below. In addition, we took the liberty of creating our own list of bops — and we couldn't resist sticking with our favorite strong female artists, for an especially empowering lineup. Happy sweating!
Our "Girl Power" playlist:
Spotify’s “Beast Mode” playlist: