Over the past year, since I started smallsteps2health, I’ve had a few posts covering power songs. I’m a firm believer that life needs a soundtrack and so does your workout. The right power song always makes me run a little faster, lift a little bit more aggressively, and generally feel “pumped up”. And shouldn’t we all feel pumped up from time to time?
Thus, in the spirit of sharing and learning, I have a few (relatively) new songs for you to consider adding to your “power song” (aka workout) list. I know that music taste is very personal, and I love all types of music from classic rock, to hip hop, pop, dance, country, alternative, etc. My power song list includes songs from all of these genres, but for me, it’s most important that such songs have a rhythmic beat, some degree of passion/energy (or even aggression), and that they are compelling by nature. Thus, there are many of my favorite songs/artists of all time that do nothing for me when working out (some can actually kill a good run), and I leave them off my list. Given my personal criteria, my power songs tend to be more hip hop, dance, pop, in nature, with a few alternative songs as well. Very few metal or thrasher songs, because they cross over to anger and too much aggression for my personal enjoyment. A few recent adds to my power song list follow. You can click on the song name if you’d like to give them a listen on Amazon.
- “Islands” by The XX
- “Entertainment” by Phoenix
- “Out of My League” by Fitz & The Tantrums
- “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood
- “Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun
- “Up In The Air” by 30 Seconds to Mars
- “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj – (a bit older, but a good one anyway)
- “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus (don’t hate)
Have a listen, and please let me know if you have any recommendations of power songs you think I should sample and consider adding to my workout list.
Small steps add up!!!
In case you’re like me and always looking for a new power song to ignite your workout, here’s one I just added to my iPod. Recommendations always welcome. Enjoy! (click the link and/or the image below to hear a sample)
SWEATER WEATHER (By The Neighborhood)
Small steps (and Power Songs) add up!!!
A couple of months ago I wrote a post titled “How About A Powersong?”. I’m a huge fan of music, a firm believer that music is the soundtrack of our lives, and that a good song can inspire and ignite a great workout. As I hobble around the house recovering from knee surgery and look forward clawing my way through the rehab process, I would love to add to my “Power Song” list, and need your help.
In addition to the songs I posted in August, I just added “Yeah Yeah” by Willy Moon and “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris (featuring Florence Welch) to my list.
If you’re reading this, please comment with 1-3 suggested power songs, that I can add to my workout playlist. I don’t care about the artist/band, genre or language for that matter. I’m just looking to stockpile a few songs to fuel my rehab/recovery plan.
Come on, any suggestion is truly appreciated!
Small steps add up!
Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi
I love a great quote, and this is one of my favorites. I believe total “health” is mental, physical and spiritual, and I try and tackle two of the three via my blog. I also believe that in this world of political mudslinging and dogma-pushing, some self-accountability to make the world a better place may be a better plan than posting righteous opinions on Facebook, or letting politically affiliated talk show hosts tell you “whose doing it wrong.”
I hope you look at the man or woman in the mirror and ask him/her to “make that change.”
Small steps add up!