Everyone needs motivation to help them get through a challenging workout. Whether you want to improve your physical health or are looking to tone your beach body for the summer, here are a list of ten songs to help you meet your exercise goals this summer.
“Summer” by Calvin Harris
This upbeat song by the Scottish DJ is perfect for reaching your summer goal. With a fast beat and refreshing lyrics, Harris provides a track for jogging, dancing or any form of intense cardio in the summer heat. If you have hit the gym at all this summer, chances are that you’ve heard this song somewhere.
“Wasted” by Tiesto ft. Matthew Koma
Perfect for dance or a jog with varied terrain, the change in beat and rhythm of the song is perfect for running up and down hills or catching your breath after a hard dance routine. For a less vigorous workout, this song is perfect for dancing in your room or just singing along.
“#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers
With mindless lyrics and a steady beat, this summer craze is the perfect song for weight lifting, aerobics or any form of cardio, really.
“Classic” by MKTO
The surprise summer hit from the Nickelodeon-bred duo Malcom Kelley and Tony Oller is a lighthearted and happy hit that will have you smiling and lip-syncing along as you work the elliptical.
“Why I’m Single” by Alli Simpson
When I first heard this song, I wasn’t too sure what to make of it. A song with an irregular beat and a sugar-sweet Australian voice crooning at me? I was skeptical. But there’s something about Simpson’s repetitive lyrics and bashing of relationships that us single gals and guys can relate to, especially when we’re working out to become less single.
“Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon
How can you avoid the summer anthem of 2014? Whether you’re sick and tired of hearing Lil Jon’s screams or want to get up and dance when you hear the bass drop, this song is perfect for intensive workouts and getting motivated.
“Am I Wrong” by Nico and Vinz
This Norwegian duo’s popular song is a slower addition to the playlist for moments in a workout when you need to slow down and let your muscles breath. The unusual beat will allow you to catch your breath while remaining energized.
“La La La” by Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith
British newcomer Sam Smith’s soulful delivery and Naughty Boy’s meaningful lyrics paired with an engaging rhythm are perfect for all exercise. You’ll be so distracted by Smith’s voice, you won’t even notice that you just beat your record mile time.
“Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz
A guilty pleasure to us all, Jason Derulo somehow manages to charm us through his smooth dance moves and cheesy lyrics. This song is perfect for training to dance as well as Jason Derulo, lift weighting or cycling.
“I Wanna Get Better” by Bleachers
End strong by listening to this feel-good summer anthem. Formed by fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Bleachers brings you the ultimate motivation through catchy lyrics and an upbeat sound by reminding you why you are working out in the first place–to change and get better!