Give your routine and self-esteem a boost with a feel-good workout playlist featuring a mix of love-yourself hits from Beyoncé, Eve, and more
While working out is generally considered a physical activity, it requires a lot from—and contributes a lot to—your mental state as well. To that end, this playlist focuses on songs that will make you feel great inside and out. More specifically, it'll power you through your workout with steady focus on the joy and privilege of being yourself. (Not everyone can be a size 2! Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue who are redefining body standards for women everywhere).
Of all the tracks in the playlist below, Mary J. Blige’s “Work That” might put it best, as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul urges listeners to “work what you got.” Throughout the mix, both parts of her rallying cry are emphasized: to love what you have and to flaunt it too. You'll find an ode to women from One Direction, an anthem about acceptance from Pink, and an aptly-titled training track from "Shut Up and Dance" hitmakers Walk the Moon.
While the focus of the playlist remains steady on self-confidence, the genres jump around from rock to pop to rap. Moreover, the songs include a wealth of tracks that vary between upbeat lyrics and uptempo rhythms. In short, you should find everything you need below to pick up both the pace and your spirits.
Fifth Harmony & Kid Ink - Worth It - 101 BPM
Eve - Who's That Girl (Main Pass) - 97 BPM
Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass - 134 BPM
Mary J. Blige - Work That - 94 BPM
One Direction - Girl Almighty - 170 BPM
Pink - F**kin' Perfect - 92 BPM
Beyoncé & Nicki Minaj - Flawless (Remix) - 136 BPM
Will.I.Am, Miley Cyrus, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa & DJ Mustard - Feelin' Myself - 97 BPM
Walk the Moon - Work This Body - 135 BPM
Mika - Live Your Life - 104 BPM
To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.