When I go to the gym, I usually just listen to whatever they are playing no matter how bad it is because I'm too cheap to buy an mp3 player. I do wonder though what I would listen to if I did have one. I love Classical Music, obviously, but I wonder what kind of workout companion it would be.
The Well-Tempered Blog highlights an article about just that.
The article, written by Wayne Lee Gay for the Star-Telegram gives some prime examples for music to listen to while exercising. The focus is on what is good to listen to while doing cardio.
You'll find at the top of the list Rachmaninoff's works for piano and orchestra, a fine suggestion in my book! Other suggestions for cardio include Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for Strings, J.S. Bach's keyboard concertos, Ernest Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Piano and Strings, and Howard Hansen's symphonies.
He also gives some fine suggestions for music to listen to while doing meditation-based exercises such as Yoga or Tai-Chi. Once again with Rachmaninoff, he suggests the Preludes for piano. Who knew that Rachmaninoff was so conducive to exercising?! Joplin's Piano rags are his other choice.
These all sound like great ideas to me, but what about those who are weightlifting. Probably something dramatic like a Sturm and Drang symphony would be good. Anyone else have any ideas?
[From The Star-Telegram]
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