When you undergo a total lifestyle change, you quickly learn that sometimes it's the little things that get you through the day.
For example, when it comes to working out. Whether you're walking, running or working out on a machine, the music you select is very, very important.
After doing this for over a year and a half, allow me to dispense a little advice. The music you should be working out to isn't necessarily going to be the music you like. It needs to be:
-Transformational. That is, the music should take you to another place.
-Imaginative. The music should make you imagine your goals, imagine yourself achieving them. Imagine the reaction of the naysayers. Visualize your success.
-Emotional. The music should push you...it should remind you of all that you have accomplished or want to accomplish.
I cannot stress the importance of the music having a very good beat. Because if it has a good, driving, pounding beat, the faster the beat, the faster you will go. So having read that, you can see why the music you like isn't necessarily the music you want to work out to. For instance, if you're a big fan of James Taylor or Dan Fogelberg....that just won't sustain you on an intense workout.
I listen to pounding, driving dance music, like Lady Gaga. I also look for only upbeat music that is currently in the top 40. For some reason, new music helps me "stay young" in my mind and forces me to work out harder in the gym. Find out what motivates you and implement it.
I also put things on my iPhone like the Rocky theme. Because when I am gutting it out on the treadmill and I hear that music....with sweat pouring off my face....for a moment, I believe I am Rocky Balboa. I'm training for the next big fight. If "Eye of the Tiger" gets you amped up, listen to it. I know one person that listens exclusively to explicit rap music when he works out. At no other time in his life does he listen to this music, but it makes him push himself.
Again, it's the little things. Select your workout music based on how it makes you feel and how you will perform while listening to it.