How to Create an Exercise Music Playlist

Have you ever noticed just how expensive it can be to purchase music with a specified BPM (Beats per Minute) to exercise to? If you have an MP3 player, you can easily organize your music by its tempo for easy use as exercise music.


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    Explore your MP3 player's help menu to find how to enter the BPM value. This will usually be a number between 60 and 180. In iTunes, you'll find it under "Get Info" for a song. Other MP3 software will likely vary.
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    Find the BPM of your favorite songs.
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    Enter the BPM data into your MP3 software.
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    View your MP3 library of music.
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    Sort the music by tempo. In an iTunes Music Library, this is easily done by double clicking on the column header for BPM.
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    Separate the music into tempos in ranges of 10 BPM. For example, 120-130 BPM, 131-140 BPM, 141-150 BPM, etc. This will keep your exercise tempo even and avoid sudden speeding up or slowing down as you exercise.
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    Save each tempo grouping into its own play list.
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    Load the new exercise playlists onto your MP3 player and head out for your exercise, knowing that you'll be able to keep a steady rhythm as you jog, walk, cycle, etc.


  • A good range to begin with is the 120-130 BPM range when you first begin exercising. Progress to faster tempos as your overall fitness improves.
  • Exercise within your recommended heart rate.
  • Check with a doctor before starting any exercise program.
  • Make sure the music you play has a good tempo/beat.

Things You'll Need

  • MP3 player and the software for it on your computer.

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