Get Motivated With This Elliptical Workout Playlist

When it comes to working out, sometimes it can be pretty hard to muster the energy to get up and go! The key to staying motivated? A killer playlist! Numerous studies have shown that listening to music while you work out directly affects your performance. Some have shown that matching your music to the rhythm of you workout will cause you to work harder, while others reveal that music that makes you feel powerful emotions can actually boost your endurance. Moral of the story: whether you’re jumping on your elliptical in the morning, or hitting a class in the evening, there’s nothing more important than a good set of tunes to keep you enthused. The right playlist is all you need to beat your personal best (hello, 90 minutes!), get to that next rep, or be the star player in your boot camp class. Oh, and did we mention that research consistently finds that listening to music distracts athletes from their ‘bodily awareness’ (aka: pain)? If that’s the case, we’re in! And, because we’re here to help, we’ve put together a carefully curated list of some of our favorite songs for your next elliptical workout. Each and every track is designed to make you work out longer and harder.

Donna Summer – “I Feel Love”
One word: Disco. Disco makes you feel like you’re in the middle of Studio54 – all eyes on you, dancing the night away. And, what’s more motivating than that? Plus, this ultra-fun track is longer than eight minutes!

Tiesto/Icona Pop – “Let’s Go”
Punchy and spirited, this dance hit will make you want to groove the moment it starts. It’s powerful and all about you, so turn it up and start to feel alive!

Calvin Harris/Rihanna – “We Found Love”
This is THE song of the year, and if doesn’t make you want to get up and move, nothing will. Plus, with high-energy tunes by Calvin Harris and strong vocals by Rihanna, you’ll feel like you just stepped into the hottest club in Vegas.

Kanye West – “Stronger”
When you listen to something this emotional, your feelings will inspire your body to move. This song will not only clear your head, but you’ll also feel an insane amount of mental relief when you’re done working out. It will truly make you “stronger.”

Sleigh Bells – “Crown on the Ground”
Unstoppably happy, this track will surely get you moving. It has a strong, fast, steady beat, and is perfect for logging some miles on the treadmill. It’s every gym rat’s secret weapon.

Fergie/Q-Tip/GoonRock – “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody”
A powerful song that’ll inspire you to pick up the pace, we love the Gatsby-esque undertone. It’s sure to make you feel like you’re center stage – with everyone watching and admiring your perfectly fit physique, of course!

Avicii – “Dear Boy”
A bouncy beat that’ll make you want to move your feet, this is a dancer-fave. With different tones and highs and lows, it’s ideal for dancing, shaking, and grooving your way to fit. It will certainly help you crank out more reps.

Youngblood Hawke – “We Come Running”
There’s nothing more motivating than lyrics that mean something. This song comes complete with inspirational words that’ll inspire you to work harder and stronger. It makes us want to jump up and down with our hands in the air!

Sam Smith – “Safe with Me”
Lastly, a song for cooling down. Perfect for stretching and unwinding, this track is the best way to end your workout. We especially love the slow – but so cool- beat and super-sweet lyrics.

Not a make-your-own-playlist fan? Apps like FitRadio do the work for you, putting together a playlist personalized to you and workout. Simply push play and go!

Do you have a specific song that gets you moving? Sound off below – we want to know!