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'80s Exercise Music

by
author image Rachel Nall
Rachel Nall began writing in 2003. She is a former managing editor for custom health publications, including physician journals. She has written for The Associated Press and "Jezebel," "Charleston," "Chatter" and "Reach" magazines. Nall is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee.
'80s Exercise Music
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The right play list can guide you through your workout and motivate you to work harder. Cyclists who exercised to music used 7 percent less oxygen than those who did not during exercise, according to the New York Times. The beats of the music encourage your body to keep the same pace -- if your music is fast, you may speed up your exercise rate. In turn, slow music can help you slow down your heart rate after a long workout. If you are a fan of music from the 1980s, there are plenty of options from slow to fast that can enhance your exercise routine.

Best Overall Workout Songs

Fitness magazine released their top 100 play list, and topping the charts were many 80s hits. The magazine even included the number of beats per minute -- also known as BPMs -- which can help you to maintain your exercise pace. The more BPMs, the faster your song and more intense your workout can be. They include The Rolling Stones’ “Rock and a Hard Place,” which comes in at 129 BPMs. Billy Idol’s “Dancing with Myself,” is even faster at 176 BPMs. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, which was used as the theme for the “Rocky III” movie is slower at 109 BPMs. Hits from popular 1980s artists on the playlist include “Beat It” by Michael Jackson and “Burning Up” by Madonna.

Best 80s Remixes

Ladies Home Journal magazine released their list of the top 80s songs with a twist -- the music had been altered or remixed to include new beats or additions from Disc Jockeys. Songs from the play list include “Star to Fall (Radio Edit)” from Cabin Crew, “Heat of the Moment (Club Mix)” by DJ Manian also made the list along with “Take Me Home Tonight (Original Edit)” by Club Robbers. Slower songs from the 80s play list that can be used for cool-down sections include “Running Up That Hill (Club Mix) by Elastik Band and “Mad World” by DJ Chris featuring Alain.

One-Hit Wonders

Although the artists only had one hit, these 1980s songs made music television channel VH1’s “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s” list. Several are ideal for your exercise play list, including fast-paced hits like “Mickey” by Toni Basil and “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow. Slower-paced, yet intense tunes suited for weightlifting include “Maniac” by Michael Sembello and “Lean on Me” by Club Nouveau. Slower songs for stretching and cool down include “St. Elmos Fire (Man in Motion)” by John Parr and “Lady in Red” by Chris DeBurgh.

Hip-Hop Songs

Hip-hop acts from the 1980s helped to shape music, and Rolling Stone magazine released the top reader-voted hip hop songs of the 80s that are just right for your play list. These include Run-DMC’s “Walk This Way” and “It’s Tricky.” The Beastie Boys also made the list with several songs, including “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and “Brass Monkey.” Other top songs included LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad” and Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message.”

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