By Robyn Wright
Studies have shown that music can distract us from pain and fatigue; it can increase our endurance and elevate our moods. People who listen to music have been able to run farther, longer, and faster than those without music. Most of us instinctually synchronize our body movements with the tempo of a song, so fast songs and strong beats can really help us get moving.
Most of us have our favorite music to listen to while exercising. Some of us have even created our own playlists just for the gym. But for those that don’t have the time or the know-how to do this, there are several apps available that can help. These apps select music at just the right tempo to keep you motivated during your workout.
While many of the apps focus on running, you can use them for all kinds of workouts. Just give them a try and find the app that fits you and your exercise routine the best.
TempoRun categorizes your music by tempo, so you can have the right tempo to match your running speed. It also includes Streaming Tempo Radio if you do not have your own music already.
RockMyRun is a service that provides mixes of music for running. The mixes are designed by professional DJs and they have a large variety of genres. You can also set the beats per minute for your music to match the tempo that you want to run at – either matching your current pace or pushing yourself to increase your pace.
Platform: Android, iOS
Cost: Free, Premium membership option
David Lloyd Playlist
The David Lloyd Playlist app provides curated playlists of Universal Music artists’ songs to work out with. The playlists are updated each week. Tracks are selected to work with your type of workout, including jogging, cycling, rowing, or stretching.
Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: Free app with 28-day free trial of service
GYM Radio is a streaming music service that selects only songs that are highly motivating for your workouts. You can also submit your favorite music for to add to the streams as well.
Platform: Windows Phone
Just hit play in the DjRun app and start running or walking. The app will find music already in your collection that matches the tempo with your current pace. This makes it easier to keep going with your workout!
Cost: Free, offers in-app purchases
Robyn Wright is a social media specialist and blogs on her own blog, RobynsOnlineWorld.com, as well as several other sites. Robyn has a love for family, technology, food and lots of apps!