Friday, January 15, 2010
Lately I've been shifting my baseline treadmill speed to 5 mph instead of 4 mph, with occasional bursts of 6 mph. One of the consequences of doing this is that songs which were formerly just right for 4 mph no longer are. BUT one of the cool results I'm finding is that the songs which were too SLOW for 4 mph are beginning to work out PERFECTLY at 5 mph...cuz I do them in DOUBLE TIME!
I often shift the length of my stride to suit the beat of the song. One song which works really well in double time for me is Earl Klugh and his trio doing Insensetez (How Insensitive) a gem written by bossa nova maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim. Here's a link to the album where you can listen to a sample of the song or buy a download of it for 99 cents:
Speaking of Jobim and Brasil, later during my treadmill time this morning came a song by Brasilian Girls, yep a sucker for their name...conjured the beautiful voices of Brasilian women such as Rosa Passos, Astrud Gilberto, Flora Purim, Joyce, etc. Well, as it would turn out NOBODY in that band is from Brasil and NONE of the music they do is bossa nova! But I still tried REALLY HARD to find a song of theirs that I liked and came across their hit "Jique," a funky, jangly electronica piece with a great beat.
For anyone looking for some extra and free music to check out Amazon offers a selection free mp3 downloads...limited selection, but worth checking out. I even found Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (song title "Under The Hedge") a band recommended by ZIRCADIA that I enjoy
Lastly, I finally took time to measure myself last night. First time since Sept. 09 and found some rewarding numbers!
Waist: 44 to 41.5, Hips: 47 to 43, Neck: 15 to 14.5
So let's get out and have ourselves a SPARKTASTIC weekend! I'm hoping to FINALLY get out and try my new Nordic Walking Poles at one of our local parks over this upcoming 3-day weekend...woo hoo! :-)