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Country. Dance. Metal. Rock.
Oldies. Techno. Disco. Pop.
Our world is full of music for every taste and personality. And whether you are a music connoisseur, or you devote yourself to a single band, there's no denying that music can be motivating, uplifting, and energizing—especially when it comes to your workouts.
We love helping our members discover new kinds of music to power their exercise sessions—and now we'd love to hear from you! We're working to develop the most best-ever library of workout songs based on YOUR votes.
First up, help us name the best workout songs from the '90s, '80s, '70s and earlier (Oldies)! Read More ›
If you attend workout classes regularly, then you probably know how a good instructor can help you get a really great workout. One of the things I love about fitness classes is that I tend to work harder, try more things and get a better workout than I would if I was working out on my own. I've always thought that way about Spinning, for example. I love to teach it (and take it), but if I had to make myself exercise on a stationary bike in the middle of the gym for an hour, I'd lose interest and probably wouldn't push myself very hard. On top of that, I'd probably find a way to cut my workout short out of boredom.
But what if you can't always make it to a class? Or you just don't feel comfortable in that group environment? What about the times when you're in a rut with your elliptical or treadmill routine and just need a little boost?
That's where MotionTraxx comes in. What started as a free music podcast (available on iTunes) has expanded to feature some expert-created workouts that you can listen to while you work out. These trainers have created workouts for the treadmill, elliptical, bike—and even your own body (no equipment needed). MotionTraxx recently shared a few of these workouts with us. Find out what they're like—and whether they're right for you. Read More ›
Summer is in full swing, and if you're suffering from the heat wave that has been affecting so many regions, the thought of sweating through your workouts may be hard to bear. You can do a lot to stay cool in the summer heat (exercising in the shade, putting an ice pack in your sports bra or under your hat, and wearing moisture-wicking workout clothes), but you can only do so much to motivate yourself to get going. If you need help putting a pep in your step, start with your music. It makes such a difference in motivating you to get out the door and keeping your going!
There are so many great songs out right now that I'm having a hard time adding them to my own workout playlists fast enough. To make it easier for you, here are the sweet 16 songs I'm sweating to (and loving it) so far this summer. Read More ›
Recently, I shared my half-marathon music playlist with you, and it got me thinking. While some of the songs on the list are newer hits, most of the music I run to day in and day out are anything but new. However, they are some of my favorite running (or workout) songs of all time. While I occasionally swap out some tired tunes for new ones, most of what I listen to stays pretty much the same year after year.
It made me wonder whether YOUR favorite songs are those tried-and-true ones or newer hits.
In an effort to create a collection of the best running songs of all time, we want to know: What is your favorite running song? Read More ›
I'm happy to say that even though it took a couple days, I am walking like a normal person again! Why was I ever NOT walking normally, you might ask? Well, because last Sunday I ran the Flying Pig half marathon (13.1 miles) in Cincinnati. I trained hard for this race and during every race, I set a goal and try my very hardest to reach it—I actually race myself and my past times!
That takes a lot out of my body and leaves me sore for a few days…and sometimes even during the race itself. But one thing I do to keep my energy boosted and my motivation high is to play some of my all-time favorite kick-butt running songs.
I don't normally make a playlist specifically for a race. Generally, I just shuffle through a generic "running" playlist I created. But this time, I needed the energy surge that only my favorite songs could provide.
So if you're looking for some of the best running songs to refresh your own workout playlist, look no further. Read More ›
You are a unique individual with something to add to this world! If you’re reading this and feeling badly about yourself and where you are this week in your healthy lifestyle journey, then this article is for you. I want to share with you some of the songs on my running playlist that motivate me to remember that I can do this, and in so doing, I hope that they motivate someone reading this to keep on going. You are worth the effort! Click on the orange links to go to YouTube to hear the specific songs with the words that speak to you.
I’m writing this for the beaten down who need to find their strength to rock the world. I’m not afraid anymore to be the unique person that I am and to go out and stake my claim for a healthy life. I’m going all out to reach my goals and would like to see you do the same. I’m at a place now where I have no doubt that I can reach those goals. I didn’t start out that way, but staying faithful to the small steps advocated by SparkGuy Chris day in and day out has taught me that I can do this. Read More ›
Looking for some new workout tunes to refresh your playlist? Look no further! Today I'm sharing the top five songs I can't get enough of this spring—but that's not all. I recently polled my followers on Facebook and Twitter to get their favorite workout songs of the moment, and I'm sharing 25 of their get-moving suggestions, too, which include everything from country to rock to hip hop.
Get your iPod ready—and have your sneakers close by—because you'll be ready to hit the ground running as soon as you hear these upbeat tracks! Read More ›
Over the weekend, family and close friends said goodbye to Whitney Houston while the public watched. Like many famous iconic stars before her, the questionable circumstances of her premature death could easily overshadow the career and contribution she offered while alive. The Queen of Soul and Whitney's Godmother Aretha Franklin hopes people will remember her for her artistry instead of her challenges with substance abuse.
Before her death, the younger generation may have only known Whitney for her famous "crack is whack" comment to Diane Sawyer during a 2002 interview. Postmortem sales indicate she has been re-introduction to them as "the voice" many of us have always known and loved. Digital copies of her music skyrocketed the day after her death with I Will Always Love You leading the way. Although she holds the Billboard's record for most consecutive number one singles at seven between 1985 and 1988, Whitney may be worth more dead than alive as speculation suggests she may well earn millions this year posthumously. Unfortunately, this will likely add her to the Forbes list of top earning dead celebrities with other musical iconic greats like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and John Lennon.
Listening to many of her greatest hits again this past week brought back memories of years and experiences gone by that for me will forever be tied to her music. Like when I repeatedly listened to All at Once trying to get over a lost love or times hanging out with college friends waiting for the iconic How Will I Know video to come on VH1 and the hope it brought for new love could be found. One Moment in Time has always spoken to the athlete in me and the drive to find that "sweet spot" where ability meets performance. When I hear Whitney's Superbowl rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, it not only stirs patriotic pride but also the realization of how powerful the song is to unify people as well.
Sadly, Whitney Houston's death is the silencing of her iconic voice that as a LA Times reviewer clearly noted in 2009, she didn't understand or embrace was a national treasure that resided within her to be protected. However, even larger of a loss than a voice to the world is her role as a mother, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend to those that loved her most. So what can we learn from the loss of Whitney Houston?
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Have you ever thought about the phrase ''say goodbye'' as it relates to your weight loss journey?
Are you on this journey to simply lose weight or are you are on this journey to change your life? You do realize there is a difference, right? Here’s the deal: you may be here to lose weight. That’s why the majority of us joined SparkPeople in the first place. However, there are so many other things you may very well gain, or lose along the way.
Sometimes I come across ''stuff'' that really hits me where it counts. Recently, while I was exercising on the elliptical machine, the song ''Say Goodbye'' by Mandisa came on my iPod. For the first time, I fully listened to the lyrics, and they really spoke to me about what I've been through in my weight loss journey. Read More ›
Music is the number 1 way to get me to exercise, and I change my playlist up often. A real motivator of mine is to save my very favorite songs only for workout time. That way I am starving to hear them and can’t wait to hear the next one. It keeps me working out longer and the time breezes by.
Music has always been a big passion of mine. I like everything from oldies, punk, and classic rock, to alternative and 80s dance.
The set I'm sharing with you today get me moving, even when I'm tired. In fact, there are times when I don't want to exercise, but need to, so then I use the magic of music. It makes you want to move.
If you don't have an MP3 player, you aren't alone. I just got one. I mixed up songs on YouTube and made playlists there instead of relying solely on CDs or the radio. It helps to not have commercials interrupt your rhythm. You are also assured that only songs that you like are coming up next with the speed you prefer. Pause is a great feature, too!
If you want to save money on an MP3 player, try some of the "older generations" of the one that catch your interest. Usually, while being new, they are less costly because they are not the latest, greatest thing on the market. For example, if the latest version is a "7th generation," try looking for a "Generation 6 or 5."
Here are a few songs from my current playlist. They are all upbeat, as I rarely have slow songs on my list. Read More ›
Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. In Hebrew, the word "Hanukkah" means "dedication," and unlike other date-specific holidays, it begins at sunset on a day between late November and late December depending on the Hewbrew calendar.
Hanukkah is a time of joy and family celebration, fun and tradition including many delicious foods. While the festivities can draw you away from your healthy lifestyle, it can also be a time to stay dedicated to them.
We create workout lists to help you keep your workouts fresh and to help you stay motivated as you work toward your goals. Members of our SparkJews SparkTeam offered some suggestions for inspirational songs to keep you moving throughout the holiday.
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I'm on the lookout for fun new workout songs every single day. I love discovering them, exercising to them, and sharing them with YOU via my blog posts and Facebook page.
All year long, I've been compiling a list of my favorite exercise songs. Here, you'll find the top 50 songs that had me running, Spinning, moving and grooving the past 12 months!
After I created my top 50, I asked members of SparkPeople.com, America's #1 weight loss and fitness website, to vote on their favorites, too. Find out which song took the top spot and whether your favorites made the list, and how you can download a brand new 60-minute cardio workout mix of the top 12 songs (as voted on by exercisers like you)! Read More ›
This post needs little introduction. If you love workout music—the way it motivates you, energizes you, and pushes you to work harder; the way it helps you beat boredom during your workouts, then look no further. Here are my top picks from among the best hit songs right now. Listen to them, download them, and most importantly—exercise to them. These songs are great for boosting your energy while you work out—and first and foremost, motivating you to put on your workout clothes and get your booty out the door! Read More ›
If you read many of my blogs here, or follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you know how much I love finding and sharing great workout music. Why? We all know it and research even proves it: listening to fast paced and upbeat music makes working out more fun. It pushes you to work harder while making you feel like your workout isn't so hard. And in some cases, it can motivate and energize you to get out the door when you're thinking of skipping a workout. One of the best motivators for me is to constantly add new songs to my workout playlists so that my workouts always seem fresh and interesting.
Recently, we surveyed our members to find out what kind of music they like best, and we used those results to develop the first-ever SparkPeople workout mixes, created in partnership with Yes! Fitness Music. I worked directly with the music experts as Yes! to develop five distinct music mixes to help motivate you through your workouts. Read More ›
New music can be a fun and inexpensive way to boost your motivation to work out. If you need some new tunes, look no further. I recently polled my followers on Twitter and Facebook for the best new workout songs they added to their own playlists. There is a huge variety in genres here, from pop to hard rock to hip hop to country—something for everyone! Here are their suggestions. Read More ›