Music for groovin'

Posted May 14, 2010 by Katie

In our last blog post, we talked about getting started with a walking routine, and mentioned that music can be a great motivator for your daily walks.

We asked our Twitter followers to send us their favorite songs that they like to walk to, and with that, we put together our own mix (it was once available on iTunes, however, it is no longer available). This collection of upbeat is sure to keep you motivated and moving while you walk, run or dance!

Here's what we came up with:

  1. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor (think "Rocky"!)
  2. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
  3. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory
  4. The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani
  5. Boy With a Coin - Iron and Wine
  6. Beautiful Day - U2
  7. Move Along - The All-American Rejects
  8. Hey Ya! - OutKast
  9. Read My Mind - The Killers
  10. Send Me on My Way - Rusted Root
  11. Hands Open - Snow Patrol
  12. Take Away the Words - Winterpills
  13. Good Life - OneRepublic

And congrats to Erin L. (@taxonomylady) who was randomly chosen from those who submitted songs. She won the mix from iTunes!

Picking tunes for your groove

What makes a song good for your moves? The beat of the song is the most important. For walking, running and jogging, the driving rhythm in beats per minute (BPM) can help you keep a steady pace.

For a gentler walk, choose songs that are between 100 and 115 BPM. For a good pace, pick songs that are 120 BPM and up. The songs we’ve chosen for the Walk On mix are between 115 and 125 BPM. In the end, it doesn’t matter how fast you go, it’s that you keep moving – and have fun doing it!

More info

Here are other sites and articles about this topic:

Walking mix from Quick&Simple

Your Walking Music Mix from About.com

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