"We can't run with an iPod because iPods are for people who
can't be alone with their own thoughts."
- strong, energizing rhythm
- positive lyrics having associations with movement
- rhythmic pattern matched to the movement pattern of the activity
- uplifting melodies and harmonies
- associations with sport, exercise, triumph, or overcoming adversity
- musical style or idiom suited to an athlete's taste or cultural upbringing
- choose tracks with different tempi to coincide with alternate low-, medium-, and high-intensity training
Blah, blah, blah. Great advice, but here's mine: Choose music you like that motivates you to work as hard as (or harder than) you plan on working! Here are a few of my playlist favorites:
- I Can Only Imagine (MercyMe) I love having this as my FIRST song in a race
- I Run For Life (Melissa Etheridge) Another must-have race song!
- Pork and Beans (Weezer)
- Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) (Beyonce)
- Hot and Cold (Katy Perry)
- Irreplaceable (Beyonce)
- Jai Ho (A.R. Rahman)
- Unwritten (Natasha Bedingfield)
- I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)
- Life Would Suck Without You (Kelly Clarkson)
- Party In The U.S.A. (Miley Cyrus)
- Lose Yourself (Eminem) Great for hill climbs!
- Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood)
The list could go on. I get excited when each of those songs comes on...every time! So for your next workout, feel free to Pump Up The Jam! We all know it doesn't mean you're not comfortable with your own thoughts...you're just training efficiently! Woo hoo!