We’ve all heard the advice before from our doctor: get some exercise if you want to feel better. Most frustrating of all for people with osteoarthritis is that the one thing that may be best for our health is also the habit that’s hardest to pick up. That joint pain can be so hard to ignore during what could otherwise be a morning stroll to the park or an evening walk after dinner.
One of the more pleasant ways to get your mind off of the physical discomfort is choosing a great playlist for those walks. If you hit upon the right mix, you may even find that the time passes much more quickly than you thought. Here are a few song ideas to start building your perfect walking song playlist.
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
We’re starting out the list with a bang. It might be considered a great breakup song, but it’s also a really good one to walk to as well. The tempo matches a nice slow walking pace with 116 bpm (aka “beats per minute”) for a stroll on a sunny Sunday morning. It might help you let off a little steam as well if you need to!
Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go) by Dierks Bentley
It’s hard to not bop your head along to this happy and spirited country song. At 120 bpm, it’s a jaunty tune that may just put a bounce in your step. The lyrics make it perfect for walking, too.
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
You can always pull out a good Journey song on those particularly rough days. This one is great again for those moderately paced walks at 119 bpm. And that chorus is right there to remind you to never stop believing in yourself!
I Would Walk 500 Miles by The Proclaimers
At 130 bpm this is definitely the most briskly paced song on the list, but oh boy is it a fun one. It’s a wonderfully upbeat tune and you can use it to remind yourself that at least you’re not stuck walking 500 miles that day.
99 Bottles on the Wall
There’s a Hole in the Bucket. Left, Left, Left Right Left. You know those little songs that you learned as a kid, or maybe you sang them with your our children. They can still be a good way to pass the time with just a little bit of entertainment and a whole lot of nostalgia.