The new year has been here for a month already! This means we’re all making (or trying to keep) goals and trying to have 2016 be just a little better than the years previous. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably made a resolution to get fit, lose weight, or exercise more. If you’re like us, you probably hate the gym with the fiery passion of a thousand suns.
To make exercising and sticking with your goals a little easier, we’ve decided to compile a geeky song playlist that will have you forget you’re running on a treadmill at 6am! This list is adapted for a relatively short cardio workout; ~10 minute warm-up, ~30 minute cardio, and ~10 minute cool down. Subtract or add songs based on your preferred workout routine!
Warm-Up songs are all about a tune that’s nice to stretch to. I usually prefer instrumentals when I’m stretching and, luckily, there are plenty of geeky choices. Our list focuses on two franchises with some of the best inspirational scores; thank you Howard Shore and John Williams! Here are our top warm-up choices when it’s time to get ready for some exercise!
Lord of the Rings Main Theme | 5:57
Hedwig’s Theme | 5:11
Warm-Up Time | 11:08
Fit Tip: Make sure not to stretch too quickly or you might pull something while exercising!
When doing cardio, you want to choose songs that are upbeat without being so fast you’ll fly off the treadmill trying to keep up with them. Overall, we prefer to listen to geeky theme songs, as they tend to be right around the perfect tempo (120 beats per minute) and inspire us to be the very best like no one ever was! As this is the main part of our exercise routine, we’ve included more songs that will keep you running like the Energizer bunny without getting bored.
Now I’m the One That’s Cool | 4:15
Pokemon Theme | 3:18
Sailor Moon Theme | 2:53
X Files | 5:01
Dragon Ball Z Kai Theme | 4:24
Mortal Kombat | 4:45
Doctor Who Theme | 2:12
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme | 2:30
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | 1:27
Cardio Time | 30:45
Fit Tip: Plan your cardio songs so that you start with slightly slower songs, hit the middle of your run with the fastest song, and slowly taper back down for a steady run. Alternatively, if you want your run to more closely resemble a cross-country style, put your songs on shuffle. This will cause the faster and slower songs to randomize and force you to adjust your pace accordingly.
Much like the warm-up process, your cool down should be slower than your cardio. However, you’ve just been pumped up with all your favorite theme songs so you don’t want an instrumental now! Instead, we put songs in this section that are a bit more energized than our warm-up instrumentals, but not so energized that you’ll feel the need to get back on the treadmill.
Do You Wanna Date My Avatar | 3:48
Super Mario Bros. | 3:38
I Am a Dreamer | 4:08
Cool Down Time | 11:34
Fit Tip: Don’t skip your cool down! Skipping a cool down can be as bad as not remembering to warm-up, so make sure to always include one in your routine. Your muscles will thank you.
And there’s our exercise playlist for the start of the new year! What geeky songs do you like to get fit to? Let us know in the comments below!
Featured Image Credit: Marvel