Off and Running: Tunes for your workout

When I went to Erb Park in Appleton this week, I could tell why people in the community like to hang out there and get active. The pool left me wishing I had brought my swim suit!

The park is right in the heart of Appleton, so it has kind of a “city” feel, while being a large mass of grassland and trees. Even though there weren’t distinct running paths, you can still run on the sidewalk around the park or hit the pavement through the park.

One thing I really liked was a small hill leading up to the back of the pool, which would be great for running “hills.” I didn’t try it, but I may go back sometime soon and do just that, especially since hills are a rare find in the Fox Cities.

Something I wanted to write a little about today was using music for a workout. I love music, and having a new playlist on my iPhone pumps me up for a run unlike anything else – it makes me want to kick some major behind during my run.

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I sometimes disliked the cross-country meets back in high school, because we couldn’t listen to music. It sounds funny, but I always thought that if I could’ve had my headphones in while racing, I would’ve been unstoppable.

I stumbled across a list entitled the “Best Workout Songs of all Time”, originally published in Women’s Health Magazine by Vera Sizensky and then sent out from the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce. Here it is:

“Push It” by Salt-n-Pepa
“Ray of Light” by Madonna
“Pump It” by Black Eyed Peas (love this!)
“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory
“I See You Baby” by Groove Armada
“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
“Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake
“I Like to Move It” by Reel 2 Real
“Stronger” by Kanye West
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem
“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO
“Starships” by Nicki Minaj
“Mr. Brightside” by the Killers
“Where Have You Been” by Rihanna
“Get the Party Started” by P!nk
“Maniac” by Michael Sembello
“Work It” by Missy Elliott
“Titanium” by David Guetta

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Something I liked about this list was that it seems to have something for everyone, and it’s not just a list of the current “hit” songs. If you are one of those people who can work out and stay motivated music-less, I applaud you! You are a better person than me.

If you are similar to me and like to have some tunes to jam out to mid-workout, I challenge you to download these songs and see how they make you feel. Maybe you’ll run farther than you thought you could.

Until next time, enjoy this beautiful weather.

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