(SPOT.ph) Running isn't just all about physical fitness: It contributes to your overall wellness, too. Sure, it can help you burn those excess calories after indulging in your favorite sweet treat, but running can also improve your mental and emotional health. Aside from increasing your endurance and speed, regular sprinting can train your brain to become more resistant to stress. It can also develop discipline, inspire tenacity in just about anything you do, and, of course, release happy hormones. After getting your running gear sorted out, don't forget to organize a playlist that will get you pumped the next time you step out.
Here are 10 tracks that will get you in the mood to run the extra mile:
"Eye of the Tiger"
This one's an absolute classic that you can't do without. There's good reason why this 1982 hit has stood the test of time: it just never fails to motivate. "Eye of the Tiger's" kickass electric guitars and inspiring message will get you running like a champ. Think of this hard rock track as a much-needed pep talk from your ultimate fitspiration.
"Runnin' (Lose It All)"
Artist: Naughty Boy feat. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin
British record producer Naughty Boy's collaboration with Queen Bey and British artist Arrow Benjamin was widely praised upon its release back in 2015. It's not just an enjoyable track to listen to, it's also an ideal running partner because of its solid arrangement. The slower verses will prep you to pick up speed for when the quicker chorus hits. Plus, it's Beyoncé, so you really can't slack off.
Artist: Kanye West
Rapper Kanye West's "Stronger," the second single off his third studio album titled Graduation (2007), has become a popular track in running playlists because of its "IDGAF" message. When running, your ultimate competition is yourself. It's about testing your limits and surprising yourself with what you can achieve. So just do your thing while not minding anyone else, and let Kanye's wise words guide you.
Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" didn't get much attention when it was first released in 2017. Fast forward to 2019, it's now a total sleeper hit. The rap tune won't fail to get you grooving, so why not put that energy into running? The catchy piano loop and Lizzo's sassy lyrics will probably have you singing along, too, and we're here for it.
"One More Time"
Artist: Daft Punk
French-electronic music duo Daft Punk's hit "One More Time" will put you in a celebratory mood. The track features an addictive arrangement that will possibly make you play it, well, one more time. The feel-good pop-house ditty from 2000 was actually completed a couple of years earlier but just sat on the shelf for some time. Good for all of us that they decided to release it!
Artist: Christina Aguilera
Pop diva Christina Aguilera's 2003 hit is a kickass number that combines pop, rock, and R&B elements. Aside from Aguilera's strong vocals, the song's empowering lyrics will also get you hyped for your next run. Did someone do you wrong? Focus your energy and emotions on beating your own running record, and prove just how much of a fighter you really are.
"Livin' on a Prayer"
Artist: Bon Jovi
This Bon Jovi track counts as another classic you should have on your playlist. The 1996 hard-rock tune showcases wicked guitars and Jon Bon Jovi's iconic vocals. Whether you're training for a marathon or going for your nightly run, "Livin on a Prayer" can boost your energy and motivation to reach the finish line.
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
Artist: Kelly Clarkson
We couldn't agree more with the saying: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Kelly Clarkson's uptempo hit "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," which also highlights her powerful voice, is an effective reminder of that. Whether you're trying to get back in shape or you're recovering from a troublesome period in your life, this track pushes you forward to a brighter and better direction.
Artist: Panic! at the Disco
It wasn't so long ago when American band Panic! at the Disco released this inspirational track. Since then, it has fed the drive of many fitness fanatics. The pop-rock single features Brendon Urie's familiar vocals against a marching band-inspired arrangement. Let "High Hopes" lighten your mood and propel you to achieve your running goals.
Artist: Hailee Steinfeld
You've probably danced to this song, but have you sprinted to it? "Love Myself," singer-actress Hailee Steinfeld's 2015 debut single, is an extremely catchy pop ditty about self-love and self-empowerment, so it's a fitting choice to add to your running playlist. It effectively combines pop, electronic, and dance elements, making anyone listen to it feel their energy levels rising.