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Keep your workout on track with the best workout songs of 2013

"Timber: Pitbull and Ke$ha
"Timber: Pitbull and Ke$ha

OK ladies, we're into the third week of January and just one question. Are you having trouble staying motivated through your workout sessions? How about changing up your workout music? Listening to music is known to take your mind off of fatigue and distract your mind when you're exercising but if you’re not listening to something that will pump you up you're going to just waste your time flipping through your iPod finding the right song instead of actually working out. Also listening to music can help you keep a good pace and motivates you to move while working as well as elevates your mood and depending on the beat of the music makes you work out harder and faster...all the things you want to do in the first place.

Take cue from professional athletes as they too listen to music while working out and warming up.
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'The benefits of music are largest for self-paced exercise—in other words those sports where some of the work involved is in deciding when to act, as well as how to act. This means all paced exercises, like rowing or running, rather than un-paced exercises like judo or football. My speculation is that music helps us perform by taking over a vital piece of the task of moving, the rhythm travels in through our ears and down our auditory pathways to the supplementary motor area. There it joins forces with brain activity that is signaling when to move, helping us to keep pace by providing an external timing signal. Or to use a sporting metaphor, it not only helps us out of the starting blocks but it helps to keep us going until we reach the line.' (Source: BBC Future)

Not sure what songs you should have on your workout play list? Think fast, strong, laced with beats (Latin-inspired beats are excellent for moving to considering Pitbull made it twice on the list and Zumba is THE craze!) and above all catchy to get you motivated. The top 20 songs of 2013 (in no particular order) that should be in your iPod to workout to are:

  1. “Timber" Pitbull, Ke$ha

  2. “Roar” Katy Perry

  3. “Applause” Lady Gaga

  4. "Clarity" Zedd ft. Foxes

  5. "Can't Hold Us" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

  6. “Let The Groove In” Justin Timberlake

  7. "Under Control" Calvin Harris, Alesso, Hurts

  8. "Live It Up" Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull

  9. "Work B**ch" Britney Spears

  10. "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)" Fall Out Boy

  11. "I Love It" Icona Pop

  12. "I Need Your Love" Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding,

  13. "Now" Paramore

  14. "Bubble Butt" Major Lazer f/ Bruno Mars, Tyga, 2 Chainz and Mystic

  15. "Radioactive" Imagine Dragons

  16. "Freaks"French Montana f/ Nicki Minaj

  17. "Up In The Air" 30 Seconds to Mars

  18. "The Monster" Eminem, Rihanna

  19. "Wild" Jessie J, Big Sean

  20. "Slow Down" Selena Gomez

All these songs can be downloaded from iTunes as well as Spotify or any other music source you might use. Just make sure they're compatible with your listening device!

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