Shake off sluggishness and get motivated for the day ahead with 10 energizing songs that will kickstart your a.m. workout routine

By Chris Lawhorn
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Morning workouts are praised for their ability to help you shake off sluggishness, motivate you for the day ahead, and guarantee that you exercise that day. While the merits of a morning workout are abundant, your motivation might not be. That's where this playlist comes in.

Start your a.m. routine with an aptly named warm-up track from Diddy and friends before you get going with song lyrics inspiring your day, and cooling down with a lower tempo track by OneRepublic. Everything in the middle pays tribute to fresh starts, good feelings, and-as the Paula Abdul hit sums it up-the promise of a new day. The list below skews heavily toward upbeat, contemporary tunes from artists like Avicii, Pharrell, and Justin Timberlake. But, if you're looking for something a little faster, press play on the perennials from Gorillaz and Patti Labelle-both of which clock in at 138 beats per minute (BPM).

For all the practical benefits of a wee hours workout, the best one is an intangible one: It's a chance to make your first move of the day a deliberate one. Many of the things that wind up on your daily To Do list might be out of your control, but you can pick the first thing that goes on it, like a workout. Here are 10 songs that will cheer you along:

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.

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