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Playlist: Running – The Heavy Stuff

There is plenty of scientific evidence that music can help increase your physical achievement potential. For example SONOS shed some light on the multiple positive aspects of music consumption in their 2019 study “The Science of Listening: How Brilliant Sound Makes For Better Living“. Together with their science partners they digged deep into the manifold impacts music can have on different areas of live stating that music is the “world’s most versatile drug”.

This seems to be especially true when it comes to sports and fitness as Dr. Daniel Mullensiefen points out. It delivers two major functions in the context of excercising: distraction and stimulation:

“It basically distracts you from how hard you’re working out and takes your mind off how many more miles you have to run,” he says. “But you focus on something else, which is really important.”
Music also helps to stimulate us while we’re working out. “High paced, dynamic, loud music would cue to your physiology that you need to be in an alert state, keep going, and to keep the adrenaline flowing,” he says. “And if strong emotions are expressed, this can also boost your physiological system because strong emotions signal that there’s something important going on.”

When looking at running as a specific form of excercsing there is a strong correlation between the running speed and the speed of the music. Run2rhythm has elaborated this BPM and times per KM table based on the number of steps you need to take per running KM.

Linking BPM to Running Speed by run2ryhtm

Based on these insights find below my recommendations for a possible Rock & Roll playlist at a round 160 BPM. Just to get you in the mood (even though it’s only 120 BPM) check out this old but beautiful NIKE commercial from 1992.

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