>> Monday, February 22, 2010
As a person who exercises for health benefit more than fun, finding the right workout playlist directly corresponds with my enjoyment while running. Trust me, there’s nothing like the Black Eyed Peas to help get my heart pumping, but I’ve found plenty of songs that aren’t on the Ryan Seacrest Top 40 that really are music to my feet. As in, they get me moving in different ways and help me keep my workout exciting. Here are some of the songs I use and how they help me move through my run.
- So What by Pink – This is almost always the first song I listen to. It immediately gets me in “the zone” and it’s slow enough that it’s a good warm-up song.
- Rosalita by Bruce Springsteen – Once I’m warmed up, this song helps me move to a faster beat. The song is 7+ minutes and it picks up the pace throughout. So, by the end of the song I am moving in full swing.
- Tenderness by General Public – To keep the fast pace going and have some fun, I switch to this song, which literally makes me want to swing my arms around and sing along.
- Caught up in You by .38 Special – I’m an 80s girl at heart, so this song makes me smile and it slows my pace down a bit. By the end of the 4 minutes I’m ready to pick it up again!
- Let it Rock by Kevin Rudolf – As I bump up the speed on the treadmill I fall quickly into step with this song. Its steady beat moves me through and I swear it makes me want to go faster.
- Untouched by The Veronicas – Now is the time for me to keep the pace fast, and this song keeps the motivation strong. Be like me and sing along, even if you get strange looks from your treadmill neighbors.
- Don’t Get Me Wrong by The Pretenders – Although this song has a peppy beat, the slower lyrics help remind me to bring my heart rate down a bit before pushing through the end of my workout.
- You Wreck Me by Tom Petty – I don’t know about you, but I love me all kinds of Tom Petty. This song, followed by the next, helps me push myself to the upper limits.
- Runnin’ Down a Dream by Tom Petty – This is my absolute favorite last workout song to play. At a solid 4+ minutes it holds me strong, and the lyrics are motivational. If you’re like me, you might actually trick your legs into thinking that you are indeed running down a dream!
- Bottle It Up by Sara Bareilles – Need to cool down and still have fun? Throughout this 3-minute song, I slowly get my heart and feet to follow the steady beat and before I know it, I feel relaxed and refreshed.
So, there you have it. When you’re all said and done with this list, you will have run just over 40 minutes. A nice thing about a playlist like this is that you can use it for any level runner. If you’re a beginner, “pushing yourself” might mean something totally different than if you’re a hard core runner. Either way, the changes in the music will help remind you to speed up or slow down, and keep your workout interesting.
Erin believes that you should be able to make your cake and eat it, too. That’s why she writes Domestic Adventure (http://www.domesticadventure.com) , a blog that follows her pursuit of domestic happiness as she juggles life, love and her career. By day Erin is a fundraising and PR professional for a nonprofit organization. She lives near Bar Harbor, Maine, with her husband Chris and their dog Frankie.
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