Whether you walk, run or a combo of both, here's a little inspiration to get your body moving; treadmill or on the streets.
I've never been a runner. I've actually been an anti runner. "It hurts my body too much...I'm not skinny enough...my boobs and my butt bounce to much... I get bored on the treadmill too easily..."and the list of excuses goes on.
One day not too long ago I changed my tune. You never know unless you try. So I tried. What I have found with all of my work outs is I do better when I have a short term goal and then take another step to a longer short term goal. When I know there is a beginning, middle and an end. For example, try running for length of songs versus minutes or distance. Start small with one or two songs, then aim high for four songs. After all, three or four short term goals add up to a pretty nice accomplishment. So there I was one day, five miles, no time limit and it took just a little over an hour. Wow!! I was so proud of myself I did it again the next day...and the next and so I created this fun playlist I thought I would share.
It's a mixed bag and helps keep me motivated. Especially at the half way mark where Justin and Jay Z are singing me sweet nothings. Be open and have fun with it! *Disclaimer, number 10 is a little raunchy but kinda funny if you can handle some vulgarity, if not swap out with your favorite fast paced tune*
My pace is walk for one song, jog/run for four songs, walk for one, uphill for one, jog/run for three songs, walk for one, jog/run for two, cool off for one. But of course, work at your own pace and do what works for you.
4 songs, 1 hr
- Milky Chance, Stolen Dance
- Drake, Take Care (feat. Rihanna)
- David Guetta & Sia, Titanium
- Beyonce, Drunk in Love (feat. Jay Z)
- Justin Beiber, As Long As you Love Me
- Jessie Ware, Wildest Moments (feat. A$AP Rock)
- Jay Z, Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Can't Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)
- Carley Ray Jepsen, Call Me Maybe
- Big Sean, Dance A$$ Remix (feat. Nicki Minaj)
- Tove Lo, Habits
- Taylor Swift, Shake It Off
- Robyn, Dancing On My Own
- Miguel, Vixen
That's it, one hour, 14 songs and a great work out later. The best part about it is that it is one hour that I completely dedicate for ME. I know we all struggle with the balance of life's duties. Once you have a taste of it, it becomes really addicting. No matter what your pace is, the point is to set goals and give yourself some personal time. After all, our bodies were made to move and sweat. So move it!!
What's your motivation? Routine? Tricks and tips? I always love hearing what works for others, please do share!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicole Woods is an internationally traveled entertainment executive by trade, yet a California woman at her core. California identifies who she is; down to earth, successful, beautiful inside and out, positive and always looking for more. To her, California is love, life and the ambition to explore the very special elements of this planet all in her own backyard.