As I mentioned, lifting weights and doing cardio have very different playlists for me. This entry is all about my top 10 songs to do cardio to. Whether it’s running, doing the elliptical, or even going for a brisk walk these are my favorite songs to get my heart rate up to. These songs are fast, upbeat, motivating, and positive. It’s one thing to listen to a real high energy song but, for me, it also has to have lyrics that mean something too, that empower me.
Also, if you figure each song here is 3 minutes long this playlist will give you a 30 minute cardio workout. You can do 30 minutes, trust me. Lifting weights is important and all but cardio is essential and making time for 30 minutes per day is huge.
So here are my top 10 songs for doing cardio. Let’s get moving!
What You Waiting For – Gwen Stefani (listen)
A Gwen classic that gets me moving every time.
Careful – Paramore (listen)
When I listen to this song I feel like I could run for hours. “You can’t be too careful anymore when all that is waiting for you won’t come any closer, you’ve got to reach a little more.”
Truth Of My Youth – New Found Glory (listen)
These rockin’ pop punk beats make me feel like a powerhouse.
Everything is Alright – Motion City Soundtrack (listen)
Super high energy, amazing keyboards, kickass drums.
This Is Our Emergency – Pretty Girls Make Graves (listen)
A super empowering girl anthem.
I’m The Best – Nicki Minaj (listen, NSFW)
Another super empowering girl anthem, rap edition.
Jamaica Next – The Movielife (listen)
“Breathe in, breathe out, survive.”
Pink – Raise Your Glass (listen)
Makes me want to dance, great beat, awesome message. You rule, Pink
Lil Wayne – I’m A Go Getta (listen)
If every single word in this song doesn’t make you feel like you could take on the world then you might be dead.
Say Anything – Do Better (listen)
The lyrics to this song are great; not taunting but motivating.
2/8/2012 – UPDATE: I’ve made my Best Cardio Songs playlist public on Spotify. You can access it here. I’ve been adding to it so there’s more than my top 10 on there now. Hope you like it!