Music that Moves
What powers your workout? Does a particular food or energy drink come to mind? Perhaps, the first thing you think about is having a positive mindset or working out with a friend or partner.
The obvious first choice for me is music. Sometimes, I'll enjoy an audio book while walking, but if I'm really not feeling the motivation, it's time to bring out the big guns.
I'm not a person who creates lots of playlists based on genre, mood, or decade. I have a workout playlist that is seven hours long and growing. There, songs from the Muppets coexist peacefully with 70's disco, bluegrass, marches, contemporary Christian, classical, and a smattering of pop. As diverse as these selections are, they have one thing in common -- hearing them makes me want to move. I used to think that workout music had to have a driving drum beat beat to be effective. However, any song with a good rhythm will do the job.
A particular Mozart overture is perfect for pedaling a stationary bike, some of Handel's choral and orchestral music provides a steady beat, and even acappella songs can be just the right fit. For example, I want to move every time I hear this song by Perpssetuum Jazzile.
You're not likely to hear that song at your local gym, and you may not even like it, but that's the beauty of having your own playlist. You can include the songs, however mainstream or unorthodox, that just make you want to move!
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