Walking is an exercise that almost everyone can do. But if you don't have the right music, then you won't be able to enjoy it. So, what type of music should you listen to while walking? Let us help you create a great playlist for your next walk!
Best Music For A Happy Walk
If a song has a good rhythm, it will keep your walking pace in sync with the beat. This is why many people feel like they can run faster to upbeat music and walk faster to mellow songs. However, if you’re looking for more than just an easy-listening soundtrack while you exercise, then you should find songs that are between 180 and 200 beats per minute (BPM).
The best running tracks have a tempo range somewhere between 160 and 180 BPM, which allows them to switch back and forth between fast and slow tempos without losing their rhythm or confusing your footwork. Some great examples include "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor; "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor; "Eye of the Tiger II" by Survivor
Songs you Know by Heart
When you walk, you want to be able to concentrate on your surroundings. So it's best to listen to songs that you already know well and like. Music that is familiar and relaxing helps keep your mind off of how far you've walked so far (and how much farther there is to go). Songs with a quick tempo are also good because they help increase the number of steps per minute that you take while walking, which means more mileage during each trip outdoors!
Finally, songs with thumping beats can help motivate you to keep going even when your legs feel tired or — let's be honest — heavy.
Quick Tempo -- About 180 Beats per Minute
For this tempo range, try to stay in the 140–180 beats per minute range. You'll find that your pace will be quicker than when you're listening to slower music and moving at a moderate pace. The music will also have more energy and movement compared to slower tempos.
For example, if you're used to walking at a speed of 2:00 minutes per mile (or 3 mph), then try listening to songs with a tempo of around 150 BPMs.
Sounds that are Familiar and Relaxing
Music should be at a comfortable pace. If you’re walking to the beat of your favorite song, it’s probably too fast. The tempo of the music should be similar to your walking speed — not so slow that it puts you to sleep, but not so fast that you have to skip or dance along to keep up.
Choose familiar music. If possible, choose songs that are already on your playlist or favorite album because this will help relax you as well as focus on what’s around you while keeping time with the beat of each song.
Don't let the music distract from your surroundings! When listening to music while running or walking outdoors, it's easy for us (myself included) to get lost in our devices instead of enjoying where we're going and who we're with around us for some good old-fashioned fun! When running with headphones, make sure they fit snugly without falling out, since even slight movements could cause damage".
You can Create a good Playlist to help you Walk with Great Music
If you want to create a good playlist for walking, here are some guidelines:
Choose music with a fast tempo. You can't go wrong with fast-paced songs that have a good beat. Try to avoid slow and mellow ones that make you feel tired or bored.
Pick songs that you know by heart. It's better if the song has lyrics because this will help keep your mind focused on what it's doing as opposed to other things going on around you (like cars passing by). And make sure these songs are in major keys, so they sound happy!
Music is a great way to keep your walking routine interesting, but you may have to try a few different playlists before finding the perfect one. Once you do, it’ll be easy for you to stay motivated and enjoy your music as well as your workouts.