Whether you’re running to rock or jogging to jazz, having the perfect music can provide a great boost to your workout routine. So, before you take to the trails or head to the gym, load up your Samsung Galaxy Player with a personalized soundtrack to keep your workout pumping.
Your love for a certain type of music is undoubtedly an affair of the heart. But it turns out that there’s actually some science behind putting together the perfect playlist for your specific exercise style. The right music can help you get the most out of your workout.
Before you get down to picking the right songs for your workout, you need to gather as many options as possible. Don’t limit yourself to songs that you’ve downloaded: Expand your music collection to encompass everything you have access to. Copy old CDs to your computer to rediscover music you’d forgotten you (or your parents!) even owned. Favorites from decades past can provide a welcome change from the Top 40 remixes playing at the gym.
Consider including tunes you don’t typically think of as workout music. While songs with inspirational lyrics may get you fired up, there are times in a workout (like anytime you need to count repetitions) when an up-tempo instrumental is the perfect background.
Music from multiple sources can often mean multiple file formats, which means you need a player that can handle more than just MP3s. The Galaxy Player supports MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC and WAV file formats, so you can enjoy various options for downloading files and can easily compile a playlist from your entire music collection. In addition, Drag & Play makes it simple to load contents onto your Galaxy Player, with no special encoding or PC application needed.
Now that you’ve considered your entire music collection, it’s time to compile some playlists. No matter your taste in music, the success of your workout playlist comes down to one thing: beats per minute (BPM). A song’s BPM describes its tempo, which lets your brain know what pace your body must maintain in order to keep time with the music. It’s not enough to know that a song is “fast” or “slow.” You need to know the song’s BPM and match that to the type of exercise you’ll be doing.
It’s easy to calculate the BPM of your favorite workout tracks with a downloaded app or on a BPM website. Next, organize the songs according to activity. Everyone’s pace is unique, but here are some general guidelines:
Different workouts require different playlists. For instance, if you’re interval training—switching back and forth from intense cardio to more controlled strength training—your playlist should keep pace.
If you know you’ll be doing one activity within a single BPM range for most of your workout, consider switching your MP3 player to “shuffle” mode. The suspense of not knowing what song will come up next can provide a welcome distraction. Whatever song comes up, you can count on Samsung’s SoundAlive to give your music spacious sound, deeper bass, sound optimization and clarity, all of which maximize sound performance—to help you maximize your workout performance.
You may be exercising primarily for the benefit of your body, but don’t forget the role that your brain plays in workout success. The right music can help keep you engaged and take your workouts to the next level.
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