Music to make you move and groove this semester
Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm in Lifestyle
Hallelujah! 2012 has come to a close, and the world didnâ€™t end. However, some beleaguered soulsÂ may have packed on a few extra pounds from anticipatory stress eating, and some ambitious ones might have made New Yearâ€™s resolutions to finally get fit. With the right soundtrack, those distant goals just might come to fruition.
It can be difficult to see through an overly regimented resolution; in fact, some journalists have even written that resolving to do more than one usually does â€” as opposed to seeking a real change in behavior or outlook â€” can, ironically, stifle oneâ€™s work ethic. In any case, exercise is best in moderation. Some might even say that minimal exercise is preferred. Minimal exercise that does not interfere with eating or watching TV, perhaps.
But if you are that fantastic person who loves to work out and loves to follow through on resolutions, then congratulations, youâ€™re in the right place! And if you are that sympathetic person who always dreamed of loving exercise, but the relationship just didnâ€™t work out (so to speak), then you too have arrived at your destiny.
Because great art can get us through the hardest of times, an exceptional gym playlist is vital to any exercise operation. The following ten songs could motivate the most sedentary Trojan to get off the couch and to keep on moving all year round:
1. â€śPowerâ€ť â€“ Kanye West (2010)
You are a superhero. You have all that power no one (wo)man should have. After all, New Yearâ€™s resolutions are about egotism as much as they are about self-improvement. So start with a big boost, even if this level of fantasizing at the gym seems downright ridiculous.
2. â€ś19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)â€ť â€“ Gorillaz (2001)
Youâ€™re finding your stride. Youâ€™re dancing. You love exercise. According to Gorrillaz frontman Damon Albarn, those Nikes youâ€™re wearing are tethering you to the ever-spinning earth! The familiar drum track, apparently lifted from Sly & the Family Stoneâ€™s â€śSing A Simple Song,â€ť is whimsical and bouncy and could get any elliptical session off to a smooth start.
3. â€śGet Backâ€ť â€“ Ludacris (2005)
This song should not need too much explanation. Besides being a completely absorbing tune, the music video features Ludacris wearing huge fake arm muscles. You might never look quite like that â€” nor should you want to â€” but you might get so motivated youâ€™ll never relinquish those weights.
4. â€śValerieâ€ť â€“ Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse (2007)
Amy Winehouse might have been a melancholic figure, but this is one of the most fun songs out there. If â€śdance partyâ€ť counts as an exercise routine, then the soundtrack should always have â€śValerieâ€ť on a loop.
5. â€śLonely Boyâ€ť â€“ The Black Keys (2011)
The reason for this is simple: Everyone should dance like the guy in the music video, directed by Jesse Dylan.
6. â€śTake A Walkâ€ť â€“ Passion Pit (2012)
Sometimes people just like to walk. This is a song that will let you go outside and enjoy the scenery. A nice stroll definitely still counts as exercise.
7. â€śPolice On My Backâ€ť â€“ The Clash (1980)
Say youâ€™re getting a bit out of breath, slowing down into a rut or getting languid instead of serious â€” everyone has a mid-workout slump. Totally understandable. Do you know what might help? A really stressful punk song. The scenario: Youâ€™re a criminal on the loose and the fuzz is catching up. So run like your life depends on it. (If this works for you, the Sex Pistols are also loud motivators.)
8. â€śCountdownâ€ť â€“ BeyoncĂ© (2011)
If the prospect of incarceration didnâ€™t put a fire under your behind, then maybe the prospect of grinding it up on your (wo)man will get you moving. Show everyone at the gym that youâ€™re the fly-est. But looking great doesnâ€™t just happen. It takes serious work to look like BeyoncĂ©. You have a few good decades to go, so youâ€™d better start in 3â€¦2â€¦1â€¦!
9.â€śSettle Downâ€ť â€“ No Doubt (2012)Â
Looking like BeyoncĂ© may be a few light-years away, so focus your workout on a specific area. Maybe Gwen Stefaniâ€™s intimidating mother-of-two abs will motivate you to do some sit-ups. They will. You can be â€śhella positive for realâ€ť about that.
10. â€śDancing On My Ownâ€ť â€“ Robyn (2010)
This song might be so last year, but itâ€™s a timeless gym staple. It can be a pump-up song or a time for reflection; it has a great beat for crunches, good tension for stretching and emotional depth to carry you on your gym-rat journey. Keep dancing, readers. But donâ€™t dance like Robyn in the Lyon Center.
Honorable mentions include: â€śCome on Eileenâ€ť by Dexyâ€™s Midnight Runners, for the break down at two minutes, 55 seconds; â€śBattle Scarsâ€ť by Guy Sebastian and Lupe Fiasco, for its intense twists and turn; and â€śClose To Meâ€ť by The Cure, because Robert Smith is also out of breath and you probably have less weight to lose than he does.
With a fun, motivating playlist, pretty much anything is possible. Anyone serious about getting to the gym should make sure to have all the tools for success at the ready: good arch supports, plenty of fluids and of course, a solid soundtrack.