Hello everyone! I bet you we can all agree on this topic - MUSIC is KEY to helping us push through the exercise routines, right? Imagine taking an aerobics class to the Easy Listening, or practicing yoga to Alternative Rock? It just wouldn't work, don't you agree?
When I started my new fitness routine, I knew one thing I had to do was "mix it up". I get bored very easy, and let's face it, I was pretty lazy too. Hey - at least I can admit it! I also knew I couldn't say "I HAVE to make it to the YMCA every day". It just isn't practical - first off, I live at the beach which is GREAT but it's 15 miles from the YMCA. Second, I have a beach right across the street and walking/running is free. I generally have always preferred to take a group exercise class - more for motivation purposes than anything else. Face it, those classes just make it difficult to give up and walk out. I'm too concerned what others think, and I don't want Granny outdoing me anyway......LOL
So I decided I would get an iPod and load it up with music, and start walking/running on the days I didn't make the group exercise classes. I knew the type of music was critical to my workout success, after all, I love "Beth" by KISS but it's not for moving fast! :-) Music is SUCH a personal thing to all of us. What one person loves, another hates. In the spirit of this discussion, I would like to share my "current" exercise playlist with everyone. My sweet hubby thinks this list is AWFUL, he begged me not to post it for fear I would totally embarrass myself (or him, God forbid).
Without further ado, and in no particular order:
1 - Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier
2 - Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
3 - Never Enough - Eminem, 50 Cent & Nate Dogg
4 - Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
5 - Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
6 - Jenny From The Block - Jennifer Lopez
7 - Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N' Roses
8 - U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
9 - Hot In Herre - Nelly
10 - Fight For Your Right - Beastie Boys
11 - Survivor - Destiny's Child
12 - Time To Get Ill - Beastie Boys
13 - I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
14 - Independent Women - Destiny's Child
15 - All Summer Long - Kid Rock
16 - Hey Baby - No Doubt
17 - Cocky - Kid Rock
18 - Let's Go Crazy - Prince
19 - Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
20 - Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith
21 - YMCA - The Village People
22 - Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
23 - Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue
Now, before you say anything, I realize there are at least 2 common themes here. #1 is ATTITUDE. These songs scream attitude, and to me that means we're on a mission. #2 is AGE. Yep, they're old. I'm old, 39 and counting (and trying to HOLD!). But honestly, can you go slow while listening to Beyonce sing about being independent??? I doubt it!
Let me know what you think - I can't wait to hear it - I'm expecting some funny comments. Also feel free to tell me what's on your playlist - what music motivates you??? It is time for me to mix up my playlist!! :-)
p.s. I used to be in the music "biz" so this really interests me! But that's another post for another time!