Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Livin' Lean Topic Tuesday: Fuel Your Workout...with Music

Who needs energy drinks and bars when you have great music? It's easy to turn to sugar and caffeine when feeling less than excited about upcoming workouts, but the right tunes can have you pumped and ready to go better than anything! Haven't you been driving in your car, spacing out and tired, when suddenly your favorite song comes on and you are boppin' around in your seat, singing like crazy? I know it's not just me. Please tell me I'm not the only one. I blame my last speeding ticket on Shakira for this very reason. I was driving home from class (this was during graduate school in Leesburg) when "Hips Don't Lie" came on. The energy in the song got me going...70mph to be exact. I am now a little more careful after that one.

The point is that great music can give you the energy boost you need for a fabulous workout!

Chris from http://www.runhundred.com/ shared his recent list of top workout songs for 2012. These songs were voted in by his readers and his music database happens to be the most visited music workout blog out there. Chris also writes about music for Shape and Men's  Journal. Pretty cool! Here's a little something from Chris, along with the list of "reader's choice" top workout songs.

The Top 10 Workout Songs For Winter 2012

San Francisco, CA -- Jan 5, 2012 -- Traditionally, winter is the time of year when folks find it hardest to get out and exercise. In the hopes of keeping folks motivated, readers from RunHundred.com the web's most heavily-trafficked workout music blog--were polled regarding their favorite, current workout songs. The resulting top 10 list has a little of what you'd expect---and a little you might not. Flo Rida, who's no stranger to this list, shows up in two recent tracks. Enrique Iglesias continues his transition from balladeer to club rocker. And Kelly Clarkson, after faltering with the first single off her new album, bounced back ferociously with the second.

As for surprises, they're mostly entries from folks relatively new on the dance scene. Highlights include songs from Tim Berg (who remixed his own track under his Avicii moniker), Skrillex (whose collaboration with Kaskade is the first dubstep track ever the make the Top 10), and Wolfgang Gartner (who's made the chart with a little help from the Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am).

Here's the ful list:

1.  Tim Berg - Seek Bromance (Avicii Vocal Edit) - 127 BPM

2. Katy Perry - The One That Got Away - 135 BPM

3. Alexandra Stan - Mr. Saxobeat (Maan Studio Remix) - 126 BPM

4. Flo Rida - Good Feeling - 129 BPM

5. Wolfgang Gartner & Will.I.Am - Forever - 128 BPM

6. Hot Chelle Rae - Tonight Tonight (Goldstein Remix) - 118 BPM

7. Taio Cruz & Flo Rida - Hangover - 129 BPM

8. Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull & The WAV.s - I Like How It Feels - 129 BPM

9. Kaskade & Skrillex - Lick It - 128 BPM

10. Kelly Clarkson - What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) - 117 BPM
To find more workout songs--and hear next month's contenders--folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era--to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred

I did not contribute to the voting on this list, but there are a couple I could see myself running to. What are your favorite workout songs that get you going? You know one of mine is "Hips Don't Lie"! Leave a comment with your favorite "gettin' lean" workout song and we can put together a "Top Ten" of our own!

Thanks for sharing with us, Chris!


1 comment:

  1. Just found your blog recently, and think it is really neat! I am cooking my way through Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible right now. Only 15 recipes into it...plus I am trying to lose a few pounds and it actually seems to be feasible. Have lost 3 pounds.

    I might have to try the leaner version as well. Nice blog and kudo's to you, I enjoy it!




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