Well, hello, friends… Just checking in quickly. I`m about to head out to the gym for an afternoon of cardio… So, what will I be grabbing as I walk out the door? Aside from the obvious house keys and water bottle, I never leave the house without my headphones.
There are times when I do a full workout without any music on at all. I know people who never listen to music when they run… I generally nix the music when I’m having a post work workout, and I just need to de-clutter my brain after a long day. I actually find an hour of silent cardio very therapeutic on days like that.
Today is not one of those days, however. This is my only day off all week (including last weekend AND next weekend, both of which I am working) and if I’m going to fit a workout in this afternoon, I could use a little pumping up. So I thought I’d share some of my favourite workout music, and invite you to share yours! I could always use some new music ideas!
What do you like to listen to on a run? Are you into the slow burn of laid back tunes that carry you through a nice, relaxed jog? (I went through a phase for a while where all I would run to was Band of Horses.) Or are you all about the upbeat pop? I, myself, have a heavy preference for rap and hip hop, but there’s a bit of “hipstery” stuff thrown into that mix, too. (What does “hipster” even mean? I use that word semi-sarcastically.)
Sometimes I like to just throw on an album and listen to the whole thing, and sometimes I put on my running mix. Either way, here is a glimpse into my music taste… a pretty strange little mix, I will admit, but hopefully you will discover something you like!
My top 3 workout albums right now are:
Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer (you cannot go wrong with the song “Clique” and it helps to have a lot of Pusha T in the mix)
CHVRCHES, The Bones of What You Believe (I love just putting this album on and listening to it from start to finish on a run)
J Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive (mainly because this is my favourite album in general right now)
My favorite songs for working up a sweat are:
Worst Behaviour, Drake (I just put this song on repeat sometimes, and run to it for like, 3 miles, before switching to something else)
Sweatpants, Childish Gambino (working out to this song is great for your ego… unless, of course, you think having a huge ego is a bad thing… in which case, i guess you shouldn’t be listening to any rap songs at all…)
The Mother We Share, CHVRCHES
Workout, J Cole (obvious, but still very motivational)
Midnight City, M83 (never gets old)
Underground Kings, Drake
G.O.M.D., J Cole
Clique, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean
Bad Girls, M.I.A. (because I like to pretend that I, too, am a “Bad Girl”)
Believe Me, L’il Wayne feat. Drake
0 to 100, Drake
Trophies, Drake (yes, you ARE sensing a theme here, but this one’s really awesome for getting pumped up and being all “f*** the world, I’m RUNNING!” …as I’m sure Drake intended when he wrote the song)
Chandelier, Sia (I know, that one seems a little random, but hey…)
Love Me Harder, Ariana Grande feat The Weeknd (for once, the Weeknd doesn’t totally ruin this song, and it’s got a great driving beat to keep your feet moving)
When I’m Small, Phantogram (one of my all-time favourite songs, period)
Can’t Tell Me Nothing, Kanye West
Annnnd, as ashamed as I am to admit it, I can always get a good run in listening to old school Mariah Carey. There, I said it. Now the whole internet knows that I still listen to “Always Be My Baby.” (Even if you can’t run to it, it’s always a gem at karaoke.)
Happy running, everybody!