Besides the obvious reasons for exercise, I like to get on the treadmill to debride my mind and soul of all the dead and unnecessary junk that drags me down. Whenever and wherever I roll, I pack light.
The best exercise equipment I have is my iPod. I don’t think I could do it if I didn’t have music to take me away. Actually there is not much at I can do without music.
I am constantly making new playlists as I don’t want to create song aversions, that is, I don’t want to hear a song and think oh, exercise.
I’ll share my most recent playlist with you in hopes that one of these songs will get you too off your butt and on the bandwagon.
For warming up/stretching out, I must have a great song to get me motivated for the entire ordeal. So I like slower paced songs for this. Meditative type songs.
Razor by Foo Fighters.
I love the acoustic guitar in here. I especially like the line, “Day after day, cutting away.”
10,000 Days (Wings for Marie part 2) by Tool. One of the best songs ever made, and it makes me cry sometimes.
The tempo builds toward the middle of this long song so it’s a good one for increasing the grade of the treadmill while it’s playing.
I need faster paced songs for the climbs. Thirty minutes of brutality and I turn it up loud so I don’t have to hear myself gasp and groan.
Love Lockdown by Kanye West. The percussion in here is amazing. The video is pretty cool, especially when those people jump out the frame.
w.a.m.s. Fall Out Boy.
I love the line, “Let’s meet in the purgatory of my hips and get well”.
Tear Away by Drowning Pool. The ultimate narcissist song, but the last thing you’ll think of is you when you listen to the lyrics. I love the refrain, “I don’t care about anyone else but me.” Know someone like that?
Piece of Me by Britney Spears. I know, but yeah, I do listen to pop sometimes.
Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne. One of those songs that gives me a burst of energy. Lil Wayne has the midas touch, he’s in everything on the radio right now.
Sam’s Town by The Killers. Love the crazy keyboard opener. Like a circus show! I love every note of this song.
Enter Sandman by Metallica. That one’s on just about every playlist I’ve ever created. That is my second wind song. It’s funny, I think I have trained my body to pump out adrenaline when this one comes on.
Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward.
Wake Up by Rage Against the Machine. Love the bass in here.
Riot by Three Days Grace. Why not start one?
Hypnotize by System of a Down.
Snychronicity II by The Police.
15 Step by Radiohead.
Revelry by Kings of Leon (Every song on their last CD, Only by Night is excellent)
And how’s this for strange? I have a classical one on there:
Rain by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Great for a fast paced walk. Gets slow in the middle, so sometimes have to skip to the next song.
Some world music, too.
Jai Ho by AR Rahman. From the soundtrack Slumdog Millionaire. Westernized Bollywood. This is an uplifting song, I can listen to it three times back to back.
Sometimes I won’t make a playlist, I’ll just target a certain artist and listen to that.
What do you listen to when you work out?