Increase your performance levels 15% in your next run by discovering your optimal running playlist.
Its widely regarded that listening to music can improve performance in endurance sports such as running.
Professor Costas Karageorghis of Brunel University is an expert on the subject. He often refers to music as ‘legal doping’ when it comes to running. He suggests that music can improve performance by a massive 15%.
But let’s look deeper into the subject. How could you optimize your running performance by mixing up the tunes on your running playlist.
Yo! Yo! Yo! Most Rap songs have 110BPM (beats per minute) which keeps you at a steady pace ideal to help your body flush lactate acid. Rap is a must for your cool down playlist.
It is essential to listen to music that you resonate with! If you listen to songs that you don’t like, even upbeat ones, this can hamper your performance. So if cheesy pop is your flavour of the day, then pump up the ABBA and become a Super Trouper!
Many of the Run For All team are partial to the odd indie banga. Whilst the uplifting guitar and occasional catchy synth provide great motivation to keep your legs pumping, the big sing along choruses sometimes become an unwelcome distraction to your breathing technique – “I said I bet that you look good on the Dancefloor…!” - and are not recommended for those likely to get carried away.
Perfect for intensity training! Higher BPM, more bass, more lyrics; are all essential factors to keep your legs pumping when the going gets tough. So let’s turn up the Stormzy boi!
Now then mon! Although the BPM of reggae makes the music less effective when it comes to getting your speed up, the general upbeat, jolly tune of the genre could have a serious positive effect of on your mental state during your run. We all know endurance running is a mental battle as much as physical one, so reggae could be the perfect sound to keep you smiling on your way to the finish line. If you fancy a higher BPM but the same uplifting tune, then pop on your porkpie hat and try a bit of Ska music.
Sadly, here at Run For All, we struggle to tell our crust punk from our post-black metal. And in this blog we are not going to pretend we've suddenly become metal experts. However, we do know running, so listen up. Running to metal is seriously worth a try. The blistering riffs might just be what you need to power up a daunting hill or sprint towards that finish line. Give it a go!
Imagine running through the picture perfect countryside, on a discreet country road listening to a lovely symphony. Sounds pretty good right? Incredibly relaxing, you’d be at one with your thoughts and feel so unbelievably sophisticated whilst doing so. Don’t know where to start? The following songs are regarded as great classical music to run to: Flight of the Bumblebee, Sabre Dance and Canon in D. However, a personal favourite of ours is William Tell Overture (The Lone Ranger Theme Song).
We hope this has helped you create a super uplifting playlist that encourages you to pull on your trainers and get training for your next Run For All challenge.
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