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Exercise Music: Tunes to Get Fit By

Want to have more fun and work out harder? Exercise with music, experts say.

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6. Explore music. Everywhere from iTunes to Barnes and Noble, you can listen before you buy. And single songs can be purchased for less than a dollar online. It's a great opportunity to check out new artists or even genres of music you're curious about, says Kolber. Just because you don't like country doesn't mean you won't like Lyle Lovett. If you've seen Riverdance four times, download "Countess Cathleen" and see if it inspires you to push yourself that extra five minutes. Or try trading off favorites with friends. Make each other a CD of your favorites, and take that to a workout.

7. Find remixes. Popular music is overplayed on the radio, and can get stale. If you really love to play songs you can sing to, Kolber recommends downloading remixed versions of your favorites. They are usually longer and have a lot more beat behind them (which is great for a workout). On Woelfel's most recent playlists are remixes of "Rocket Man" by Elton John and "Killer 2005" by Seal. Or try using a popular song from a different decade, says Woelfel, like "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark or Michael Jackson's "Working Day and Night" and putting them in the same playlist with the new Christina Aguilera or Black Eyed Peas.

8. Be safe. Keep music volume at a level that will not damage your hearing. "As we're exercising our heart, we don't want to ruin our ears," says Kolber.

Protect yourself, too. When walking or running outside with a headset on, keep the volume low enough to hear outside noises -- like oncoming traffic or a dog charging from the yard you're passing. "Be aware of your surroundings," says Kolber.

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Reviewed on November 30, 2006

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