These are the best songs for exercising in January

Exercising in the park in the morning. Photo Thinkstock
Exercising in the park in the morning. Photo Thinkstock Paul Sutherland

SPORTS psychologist Costas Karageorghis thinks of music as a "legal drug" to help boost exercise.

In an interview with ESPN, he recommends looking for music with the right beat, emotive message and ones you associate with good things (the so-called "Rocky theme music effect") that can also help you block out the pain of exercising.


Here is his January 2015 workout playlist:

1. Sing - Ed Sheeran

2. Heroes - (Alesso)

3 Let's Go - Calvin Harris

4. Lips Are Movin - Meghan Trainor

5. Dare - Shakira

6. Don't Stop - 5 Seconds of Summer

7. American Beauty/American Psycho - Fall Out Boy

8. Changing - Sigma, Paloma Faith

9. Bang Bang - Jessie J/Arianna Grande, Nicki Minaj

10. Marilyn Monroe - Pharrell Williams

You can see more of Karageorghis' playlists here.



Topics:  editors picks exercising international music obesity weight

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Region faces wild wind

DESTROYED: Half of the roof of the Moranbah home was ripped off from the 104km/h wind.

Moranbah residents say weather is worse than the cyclone.

Heroic rescue saves life

CLOSE CALL: Leslie Cruthers and Buddha at the spot the playful pup fell into the Nogoa River.

Kayakers rush to save dog walker clinging to riverbank.

National super star at age 13

Competing in Rotorua, New Zealand earlier this year.

Dingo local takes on international motocross competition.

Local Partners