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Cadence Exercise Tips Using BPM Music And Songs

Updated on March 29, 2011

Let Your Tunes Work For You

If you want to get the most from your workout, try this little tip on how to get your tunes organized to keep you 'up to speed'. Here are 3 tips to get you started.

  • Select a target BPM (beats per minute) that you want to exercise at (depending on what form of exercise you are doing)
  • Analyze which songs meet the BPM rate desired
  • Organize your tunes in play lists for the BPM level you want - or make several play lists with different BPM levels - like one for jogging, one for walking, one for cool down.

Organizing your workout music to a specific beat might sound regimented but on the other hand, keeping the music at a certain rate or cadence encourages you to continue the workout at the same level and is an excellent way to keep your heart rate at the desired level - no matter what kind of workout you are doing.


This little gadget really simplifies it to the max! It is the cadence application on the iPhone - you know the commercial - there's an app for that. Well, here it is.

You can increase or decrease the cadence to the desired BPM just with the touch of a finger! Pretty unbelievable and pretty simple.

iTunes Options For BPM

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What Are The Best BPMs For What Exercise?

I'm glad you asked that! Here is a list of some suggestions.

Warm up and Cool Down Songs - 100 BPM and below

  • Chariots of Fire at 62 or
  • Theme From Rocky at 95

Walking Songs - 100-135 BPM

  • Billie Jean at 120
  • Dancing Queen at 130

Jogging Songs - 130-155 BPM

  • Beat It at 135
  • Born To Run at 150

Running Songs - 150 and above BPM

  • Footloose at 155
  • Great Balls of Fire at 168

Exercise Equipment Available On Amazon

Exercise EKG That Shows Beats Per Minute Heart Rate

BPM Calculation in iTunes

In my iTunes program, I have the option of selecting BPM to be displayed (see photos). I then go back in and select the ones that match whatever BPM I want for what form of exercise, and then make a play list from those songs. I then name each play list according to the exercise that I'm going to be doing with those songs such as Walking, Biking, etc.


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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Exactly - I would wear my IPOD at swim aerobics if I could because when I do anything and listen to it, I work faster and exercise harder. I house clean usually to Tina Turner - nothing gets my windows done faster! I love music anyhow and think it is a wonderful time-passer to use when exercising especially if you have at your disposal many upbeat tunes! I keep adding more to my IPOD too - I can never have too many!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      This is a great tip, I ride my stationary bike five miles everyday and I noticed when I listen to my iPod I burn more calories, ride longer distances and my heart rate is higher longer and plus my speed is faster... Oh La La the gift of good tunes. Upbeat! I love the bikes you feature in this hub. It's a great way to burn fat, tone muscle and keep you heart fit!