Five Songs That Keep Me Moving

I may have already mentioned it, but, I’m currently attempting to do a Couch to 5k, and I may have already mentioned this too, but…running is hard. Thanks to a combination of being ill and going away for a few days, I didn’t do a run for just over a week so I decided to start week two over which made me die a little inside as I only had one day left that week, but a week of no exercise meant it was pretty much required.

So that lead to me, this Monday, embarking on my first run in about 10 days. I’ve said it before and I guarantee I’ll say it again; running is no joke. Yet I still feel like week two is manageable, whereas during week one I thought there was no way I’d get past it. The one thing that always helps me sweat my way to the end of any form of exercise, but especially running, is music. Without a doubt it keeps me going and I think my exercising days would be over if I couldn’t listen to music.

So I present to you, my top 5 exercise songs…

Pump it, Black Eyed Peas. Great song, great beat for running to.

  

Keep on Running, The Spencer Davis Group. This one I first heard on the film Run, Fatboy, Run (appropriate) and has been one of my top work out songs ever since.

Ignition (Remix), R. Kelly. This one just makes me feel pumped up!

Uptown Funk. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars. This song is great 100% of the time so it only makes sense to use it when working out.

Anything Kelly Clarkson, but definitely Since You Been Gone. The majority of KC’s songs have got a great beat to exercise to, though I often have to restrain myself from singing out loud in the gym…

 

There are of course many, many more awesome work out songs but these are the five I’m loving the most right now. What are anybody else’s favourite songs to exercise to?

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Working It Out

I had a moment today, at the gym, where I was on the verge of tears and I thought to myself “hey, you’ve been on the verge of tears at the gym a few too many times. Maybe you ought to get your shit together”. But an hour later, when I left to go home, I felt so much better. I felt lighter and happier, albeit sweatier and hungrier. And I thought back to the other times (embarrassing that this has happened to me more than once, I know) and I think the same was true then. So it occurs to me; is it in fact true that exercise is better at cheering you up than chocolate?

And you know, I think it is. I love chocolate as much as the next person but the way my mood turned around in such a short amount of time really surprised me. The things that had upset me are still there, but that hour of exercise has given me a better perspective, made me feel like I can deal with them. It reminded me of scene from a film that I adore: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” I have to say, I now 100% agree with Elle Woods and am going to try and hit the gym for a shot of those wonderful endorphins whenever I’m feeling down from now on!