Mardi Gras begins this week and if you plan on taking part in some form of Fat Tuesday celebration, you probably need to make up for it in a pretty intense workout.
Why let a good theme opportunity go to waste? In honor of the home of Mardi Gras, this week’s workout is about all things New Orleans. Lots of great music has come out of New Orleans. It’s the birthplace of Jazz, and a melting pot of Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and every other kind of music you can imagine.
All but one of the following artists are from New Orleans (Gary U.S. Bonds being the exception). (more…)
Up to this point, I have been concentrating on doing workout playlists for cardio routines. Lifting weights requires just as much (or more) motivation as a brisk walk or run. As for me, I can listen to a lot of music to motivate me during weight lifting sessions, but I often gravitate towards heavy music. Pretending I’m angry helps or at least gets the testosterone pumping a little.
So, as you might suspect, this list may be more of a “guy thing.” Of course, there are plenty of women who like heavy music, so if you’re out there and want to make some suggestions on what kind of heavy music you like to pump iron to, let us know.
I’m 40 years old, so when I’m in the mood for heavy music, it tends to be a little more “old school.” Hey, I know I’m getting old when the stuff I listened to in the ’90s is now considered old school… and this list will mostly predate that! (more…)
The Grammy Awards were given out last Sunday. While I generally couldn’t give two hoots about it since there is no logic in one pick to the next (sometimes artistic merit is considered, other times it’s purely a popularity contest), there was some interesting drama. That is, if you are a, what are they called, “Belieber”?
Apparently there was a big uproar from the cult of the teenage phenom Justin Bieber because he didn’t win the “Best New Artist” category. Okay, if you are over 13 and you are offended that other people don’t share your obsessions for boys who sound like they haven’t hit puberty yet, we need to introduce you to some counseling.
While I occasionally joke about Justin Bieber, I honestly don’t have strong opinions about teen pop stars.
There is one thing, though… when exactly does he plan on hitting puberty?
Otherwise, they come, they go, and life goes on. No wars have ever been fought over one… yet. Maybe Justin can be put to good use and topple more repressive regimes. (more…)
Maybe you don’t love to exercise, but with the Valentine’s Day holiday just around the corner, love for someone else just might be on your mind. With chocolates and a romantic dinner on the horizon, why not consider a brisk stroll with your husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend?
While popular music usually highlights unrequited love, I’ve done my best to put together a list of songs that straddle the line of heartfelt emotions while still not going so far into the gushy sentiment that it’s not inspiring enough to work out to.
Gym Music Playlist of the Week: Valentine’s Day Workout Mix
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1. Golden Earring – Radar Love
When she gets lonely and the longing gets too much
She sends a cable coming in from above
We don’t need no phone at all
We’ve got a thing that’s called radar love
We’ve got a wave in the air, radar love (more…)
Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, a day that sports fans and non-sports fans alike gather for the exciting and most watched sporting event in the U.S. We all know that besides fun commercials and the excitement of the game itself, most of us will be indulging in a few highly-caloric party snacks.
I’ll be honest, this isn’t a day I tend to be too concerned with what I eat. We all need days off and since I’m a huge football fan, and a lifelong Steelers fan to boot, I’ll be noshing on more than the celery on Sunday.
With that admission, it’s probably a good idea to get out and move a little before the game. This year I won’t be attending any big Super Bowl parties, just me and the family at home where I can act like the crazy buffoon that I am during Steelers games. Hey, I’m passionate.
So since there are no big preparations for me to make, it won’t be a problem to get out of the house for a brisk stroll around the neighborhood. Always in search of another workout music theme, it’s not hard to match one with what’s on my mind… and the 100+ million people who will be watching the Super Bowl. While these songs aren’t literally about sports, they certainly fit right in on the stadium PA system. (more…)
We all have food cravings. Some of us absolutely must have our daily dose of sweets, while others are helpless in avoiding the salty temptation of a bag of pretzels or salted peanuts.
This week I dedicate my workout playlist to one of my favorite senses: taste. While music is experienced with the sense of hearing, often it can entice many others, including your taste buds.
Next time you feel a food craving coming on, pop this mix on your iPod and hit the pavement for a little cardio. These songs may not always be about food in a literal sense (come on, what is music usually about!?), but they can make you think about your cravings subliminally. Face them head on while you burn some calories! (more…)
American Idol is back! While I have to admit that my personal interest in the show generally only goes as far as the freak show contestants in the early rounds, the powers that be did do a great job in reworking the crew lineup. After Simon Cowell left the show it lost a great deal of its tension-filled appeal. Then with a quick exit by Ellen Degeneres, it’s not a stretch to think that the show could be on the way down.
But it looks like their current lineup should be entertaining, particularly because Steven Tyler is such a character. The good news is that he apparently was a hit with viewers. Unfortunately, last night’s debut only drew in 26.1 million viewers, down 13 percent from last year.
Is your New Year workout slow out of the gate like the new American Idol ratings? Maybe a look back at some of the show’s biggest success stories in this week’s workout mix will provide a little inspiration. (more…)
Last week, we told you about the news of a shift in the Zodiac signs. Experts revealed that the Earth’s axis has shifted since the Babylonians set the signs of the Zodiac 3,000 years ago, which means that the signs needed to be shifted.
This apparently only applies to people who follow Eastern astrology, which is based on our relationship to the stars. However, Western astrology is based on our relationship to the Sun. The signs are fixed to the seasons and are hence unchanged.
Whether you take astrology seriously or just enjoy occasionally reading your horoscope purely for entertainment purposes, we thought it might be fun to put together a workout playlist with an astrological theme to it. (more…)
Okay guys and gals, it’s the first week of the new year, and that means it’s time to put up or shut up. That’s right, you’ve made your fitness resolutions, now it’s time to act on those promises to yourself.
Now that the holiday food should be long gone, let’s start thinking about better eating habits and how to get in consistent solid cardio workouts. One of the keys to making real long-lasting changes in your life is positive thinking. Most people won’t get through February with their New Year’s resolution, but you can buck that trend with some positive imagery and positive thoughts.
Here is a collection of songs to inspire you in your early 2011 New Year’s resolution to get in shape: (more…)
Where did the year go? I doubt that I’m alone in thinking that as we get older time goes by progressively faster. Every year seems to go by faster than the last.
Life is short. Instead of putting off your goals of losing weight and getting in shape, there’s no time like the present to get started. It just so happens that today is New Year’s Eve, a perfect time to start making positive changes in your life. Well, maybe you can wait until tomorrow, but that works too.
Here’s a workout playlist centered on the theme of starting out fresh for 2011: (more…)