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How to Energize Your Workout Routine

How to Energize Your Workout Routine

Working out brings many mental and physical benefits, but it can be hard for people to work out alone or try to stay in a routine without the motivation of a trainer or workout partner. Consistently working out can lead to sustained weight loss, but it does take time before you notice results. A weight management protocol like the HCG diet can jumpstart your ability to shed pounds, and adding in a rigorous workout routine can keep the pounds from coming back. Many people use a gym workout at a way to keep up with their health and fitness goals, but during the coronavirus lockdown, people are left to living room workouts to stay in shape. Although this can get monotonous and demotivating, having the right playlist can help you stay as focused and motivated as you would be at the gym.

Have the Right Sound

If you are going to get your jam on while working out, you need to have the right sound in order to get the full effect. Since you are at home, you don’t need to be conscious of others or worrying about having your music too loud. Part of the attraction with rock song workouts is the ability to crank out the sound without abandon. Having a quality Bluetooth speaker will let you create your favorite playlist on your smartphone and stream it through whatever room you decide to work out in. You could also invest in a device like Google Assistant (or Alexa) to play your favorites for you. The benefit of a home assistant device is that is can be set to remind you when to work out. If you do need to worry about being too loud during your workout, make sure you have cord/wireless earbuds so it doesn’t interfere with your movements.

Have the Right Playlist

There are literally millions of tunes that can fuel your workout, so choosing the right ones could take you a while. Just listening to the same few songs over and over can get boring, taking the fun and energy out of your workout. Put a diverse group of songs in your playlist, taking from different genres, artists, and styles, to give you variety. You can even create a playlist for each type of workout, as not all workouts will have the same intensity. Matching the song style and tempo to your type of workout makes it easier to get in the flow and stay focused.  People will choose rock music because of the adrenaline rush that accompanies the hard-hitting, distorted sounds. Dance hits help get your body naturally moving to the beat, as well as hip hop. Sports anthems get the spirit going and the blood pumping, making you mentally want to go the distance, whether you are working out in your living room or running down the block.

Here are some of the workout playlist must-haves that cross all genres and musical decades.

  • “Back in Black”—AC/DC
  • “Eye of the Tiger”- Survivor
  • “We Will Rock You”- Queen
  • “Happy”- Pharrell
  • “Formation”- Beyonce
  • “Chained to the Rythm”- Katy Perry
  • “Energy”- Drake
  • “Good as Hell”- Lizzo
  • “Love Myself”- Hallie Steinfeld
  • “The Runner”- Foals
  • “Physical”- Dua Lippa
  • “It’s Raining Men”- The Weather Girls
  • “Be Like Me”- Lil Pump and Lil Wayne
  • “No New Friends”- Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo
  • “Fade”- Kanye West
  • “MyBoi (TroyBoi Remix)”- Billie Eilish

Have the Right Routine

Exercising is only effective when you are consistent and commit to the process. As mentioned, it can be a lot harder to go solo on your workout, but it can be done. Setting aside a time each day and removing distractions can help you stay on track. You should also have your workout exercises or activities planned. If you have a gym membership, many fitness centers have turned to offering their classes online or providing printable routines to encourage their clients to work at their fitness goals. You may have this convenience, but there are many YouTube videos and blogs online that will give you a free guide to an at-home workout. Though not comprehensive to your situation, the following items should be included in any fitness efforts. In addition to normal warm-up and cool-down periods, you should have periods of cardio and strength training. You can use household objects to substitute for gym weights, benches, or resistance equipment.


Getting in the right mindset can be the difference between succeeding and failing at your workout. The right playlist cranking out in the background can get your mental game in gear and motivate your level of energy with your exercises. You can also take advantage of all the online or virtual workout options being offered during the lockdown, keeping you from feeling isolated or alone in your journey to better health.


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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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