Thursday, April 15, 2010

Friday Five: Workout Songs

I am not the kind of person that can run without any kind of music. I can walk without music, especially if I'm being accompanied by a friend or it's a nature walk, but I don't like to. It's my fuel. When I want to quit (which I experienced last night on my 3rd run of the week--definitely a morning person), the right song can push me through.

Here are my current top 5 workout songs.

5. "Superfly" by the O.C. Supertones. There's nothing lyrically ground breaking about this song and ska is certainly not my preferred genre, however, this song puts a smile on my face even while huffing and puffing.

4. "The More" by Downhere. This song has a great little guitar hook, is fast paced, lyrically awesome and helps focus my thoughts Above. It's a great song, even if not listened to while running.

3."You Already Take Me There" by Switchfoot. An older favorite of mine. Listening to this one always takes me back. Plus, I ♥ Switchfoot.

2. "Undignified" by The David Crowder Band. The beat is perfect for running and the lyrics are fun but meaningful. It doesn't hurt having an awesome chant in the song.
"La la la la la
La la la la la
It's one of those chants where you just feel the need to fist punch the air on "HEY". I'm sure I look all sorts of ridiculous running and fist punching the air...

...and my top favorite workout song (drumroll, please)

1. "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera. This is my all time favorite workout song. Angry chick music. Go figure. When no other song inspires, this one does. The gist of the song is about a girl who's had the wool pulled over her eyes by her boyfriend and, instead of holding a grudge, she learns her lesson and comes out on the other side stronger.

"Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
Makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter

Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter."

It's easy to listen to these lyrics and relate it to running/becoming healthier/losing weight, and then push through a rough spot in my workout. The only problem I always run into is wanting to sing along! I suppose that would really build up my lungs!

If you haven't notice, I have no new music in my favorites. It's not that I don't like new music. Music just doesn't seem to have the same priority it had before Liesl was born. I'm not proud of that, but it is what it is.

So, tell me...what are your favorite workout songs???

1 comment:

  1. I thought you'd never ask! I even have them in a certain line up so that my "power songs" come just when I need them.
    Since I can't remember that order, here's a random list.
    Betty Davis- I have two of her songs.They Say I'm Different (Just Sunshine, 1974)is one. FOUND HER on Itunes LOVE HER and she makes me feeeel cool, and I"m not cool.
    Alanis Morrisete- Ah, angry girl music, gotta love it. I chose You outta know. Grrrrr.
    Black Eye Peas- My humps. Just try to run to this and not feel empowered. You can't. You just cant.
    Rocky Theme song
    Lady Gaga-Can't stand her any other time. But oh boy do I love to kick my own hieny to her music.
    "Walk it out" UNK- I picked the "clean version" so I have no idea what the unclean one says. Appologies if you come across it. But this is my warm up song. I always start off my runs by "Walking it out" Gets.Me.Going.
    Halleilulah by Jeff Buckley--really no words required for this one.

    And I save this one for last because if there is ANY...ANY song you add to your list TODAY(!) Let it be this one. I really can't say enough how this song has pushed me through the tough runs, brought goosebumps to my arms at other times, and sometimes brought tears to my eyes while I was running. That song is Halo by Beyoncee.


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