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The tune-up: your best-ever playlist

November 28 2018
Sarah Davison
By Sarah Davison

We all know the power of a good beat. Whether you’re out for a walk or just dancing around your kitchen, music can take your mood from 0 to 100—so building the right playlist could make all the difference to your get-moving motivation!

The tune-up: your best-ever playlist

Slimming World’s activity plan, called Body Magic, is all about gradually building activity into your day. Anything that raises your heart rate and makes you breathe faster and feel warmer counts, and with the right tunes coming through your headphones (safety note: keep the volume low so you can hear what’s going on around you), you’ll be raring to go.

“I spend a lot of time putting playlists together for my classes,” says Majesta Thorndike, yoga instructor and studio manager of CorePower Yoga Ink Block in Boston. “I draw my inspiration from what keeps me moving.” Below, Thorndike shares the three questions she asks about a song before she adds it to her playlist:

  1. What emotions does it evoke?

“First, I consider how I want to feel,” Majesta says. Examine the emotion each song inspires. Is the melody upbeat? Are the lyrics uplifting? You want a song to trigger those sentiments inside of you.

  1. What kind of beat does it have?

Choose a song with beats per minute (bpm) that match the speed you want to move at. If you want to get your heart rate up, seek out songs with around 120-150 bpm (we’ve suggested a couple below). If you’re doing gentler exercise, stick to songs with around 100 bpm (see “Tunes to clear your mind”, below).

  1. When will I be listening to the song?

“Workouts generally have a warm-up, a cool down and a period in between when you’re working hardest, and the songs on your playlist can each serve a different purpose within this structure,” says Thorndike. Listen to songs with lively tempos and powerful lyrics during the part of your activity you know will be the most challenging.

Tunes to get your heart rate up

“She Wants To Move” N.E.R.D.

“It’s Not Right But It’s Okay (remix)” Whitney Houston

Tunes to boost your mood

“Stand By You” Rachel Platten

“Sir Duke” Stevie Wonder

Tunes to clear your mind

“Pushin’ Against a Stone” Valerie June

“I Won’t Back Down” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers