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What music motivates you?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 17:15 UK time, Monday, 23 February 2009

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Sally Gunnell investigated what kinds of music inspire people to great feats of physical strength and endurance.

Sally met Costas Karageorghis, a sports psychologist at Brunel University, and he recommended the following tracks to accompany a workout.

1 Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
2 Rocky Orchestra - Gonna Fly Now
3 Tina Turner - The Best

1 Bach - Air On The G String
2 Enya - Orinoco Flow
3 Fleetwood Mac - Albatross


But what do you think? Which songs get you geed up for a spot of physical exercise? And which track is best for a post-exercise chillout? Let us know here.


  • 1. At 7:20pm on 23 Feb 2009, jonwatters wrote:

    I can remember about 40 years ago West Bromwich Albion used pop music to aid their training.

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  • 2. At 7:38pm on 23 Feb 2009, purplelights wrote:

    well at the moment to get me going i listen to...
    Misery business- paramore
    the fear- lilly allen
    beautiful lie- 30 seconds to mars

    to calm me down...
    youv'e got a friend- james taylor
    bridge over troubled water- simon and garfunkel
    romeo and juliet- dire straits

    what do you think to those?

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  • 3. At 8:09pm on 23 Feb 2009, superspongeblobob wrote:

    Diane from the Forest of Dean.

    The best tunes that makes me feel energised are:

    Song 2..... Blur.
    Feels like team spirit..... Nirvana.
    Video killed radio star..... Buggles.

    The tunes to relax to:

    Warwick Avenue..... Duffy.
    Wonder Wall...... Oasis.
    Green Onions.... Booker T and the MG's.

    It's a bit of a weird mix still good though?....

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  • 4. At 10:30pm on 23 Feb 2009, shaarmstrong wrote:

    As a music teacher I have long been convinced of the power of music to motivate and calm. I think that Einaudi's The Waves is one of the best for chilling out or cooling down.

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  • 5. At 08:50am on 24 Feb 2009, CairnTerrier wrote:

    When setting out on a run try listening to James Blunt - it'll make you run a bit faster - the sooner you finish the sooner you can turn that damn noise off.

    Jethro, Cheshire

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  • 6. At 2:34pm on 24 Feb 2009, greyJumbug wrote:

    Depends on mood. Sometimes I like loud dance stuff other times I like stuff that makes me want to cry like Gabrielles (Out of Reach)

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  • 7. At 2:34pm on 26 Feb 2009, greyJumbug wrote:

    Forgot to say (carrying on from no 6) Dont worry by Kim Appleby makes me cry cos it was the first song she sang after Mel of Mel and Kim fame died of Spinal cancer.

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  • 8. At 6:41pm on 03 Mar 2009, Hel_is_heaven wrote:

    I use music to give me motivation to do most things! I listen it whilst doing the vacuuming, washing up, gardening etc.
    I used to listen to it when doing homework many years ago.
    I have about 25 different music playlists according to my mood.
    In order to get me going I sometimes use Holding out for a hero by Bonnie Tyler, it has a great beat!!

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