By Hannah Lee, The Verb Hotel
Ever wonder how all those runners participating in the Annual Boston Marathon make it through? Sure, the hours of preparation, mental toughness, and a good pair of running shoes are all important. But what about music? A huge part of a workout routine is the music that accompanies it. Music can motivate and push us to our limits, especially during that 10 mile run. Whether you’ve already started training for next year’s Marathon, or just trying to get through your daily workout, having a good playlist will lead to those extra bursts of energy.
Are you curious about what people listened to while working out in the ‘60s? Grab your sweatbands, dumbbells, and radio, because we’re running back in time to prep for our next workout!
1950s: “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley
Tip: This classic has a jumping, steady beat that is perfect for any ab workout.
1960s: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by Rolling Stones
Tip: Use this song to prep you for your run while stretching. Get that initial boost of energy even before the cardio!
1970s: “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith
Tip: Take this hit with you when you go for a run outdoors.
1980s: “Beat It” by Michael Jackson
Tip: Use this song for your Arm Day. Say goodbye to all those carbs you had yesterday!
1990s: “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
Tip: Start with some cardio to get your heart pumping before diving into your workout. Fans’ favorite machine to use while listening to this song is the elliptical.
2000s: “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani
Tip: This great throwback is perfect for any whole body workout.
2010s: “Jumpman” by Drake & Future
Tip: Hit the treadmill with this hip-hop treasure. Even Taylor Swift listens to this song while she’s running on the treadmill.
And here’s your 2019 recommendation: “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
The baseline of this new release gets your endorphins flowing. Billie Eilish is known for the eerie, dark tone she uses in her songs. She mixes a classic baseline and incorporates it into this experimental urban mix.
Are any of these songs on your workout playlist? Have any recommendations to add to ours? Share with us!
If you're staying at the Verb and need your workout fix, pay a visit to our neighbor and partner, Boston Sports Club, for free access to the gym.