Hello! Happy Sunday everyone, is it Sunday?
Hope you are all OK and looking after yourselves. Gosh my second blog post in a week after an 18 month dry spell. Actually it’s been nice getting to know my blog again and it’s a perfect excuse to take myself off and away from the other 4 (plus dog) inhabitants of this overcrowded house. As running seems to be my primary ‘go to’ exercise of choice, today I decided it was about time I put a new running music playlist together.
Back to Running
Like many people during this challenging time, I’ve taken up running (again) and joined the hordes of new or ‘lapsed’ runners that seem to be pounding the streets everywhere you look. Yes there are days where I will stay indoors but I do need, at times, to get out for some fresh air, some exercise and to escape from the family. I hasten to add that I am really valuing the time I’m having with the family but sometimes I do need my space, they need me out of their and I need to attempt to fight off possibility of all the extra weight gained as a consequence of constantly comfort eating! 3 teenagers, a husband working from home, a dog, temperamental WiFi connection are regular trigger points that get me reaching for junk.
Setting a Fitness Challenge
So back to running. For me, like the Gym, running for me is a way to relieve stress, re-frame worries or stuff I’m anxious about or a time to switch off; concentrating solely on getting one foot in from of the other and getting a step closer to finishing. Whilst Gyms remain closed I can still go out for a run. So when we went into lockdown and were told we could go outdoors to exercise daily for one hour max I decided to challenge myself to run 3 times a week and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last 3 weeks. Truth is I never look forward to going out for a run but once I’m out I think its only a small amount of time in the great scheme of things so best just get on with it. Plus it’s free and time starts the minute I venture outside my front door. I tend to go out late so that there are less people around and it’s still light enough to run in my local park (which is something I am hugely grateful for at them moment). I had one mad thought recently to train the dog to run with me but let’s just say that’s firmly been moth-balled for the time-being.
Prior to my break from this blog, I did rather love putting a music playlist together whether for running or the Gym and these were always really popular. So I’ve decided to put together a new one. It killed an afternoon, took my mine off eating the kids Easter Eggs and gave me a good excuse to spring clean my own music playlists (well I’ve spring-cleaned everything else out). Plus I signed up for the Apple Music 3 months free trial (and why not) so had more tunes to choose from.
Time for a New Running Playlist
Running Playlists are a great way to motivate you to push harder, run a little faster or a means of taking your mind off that steep hill you need to get past.
I would normally have a running list of about 15 songs but for me 10 is enough to get me through a 5 km run.
So here’s my new Spring Running Music Playlist:
All available to download.
- Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
- On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
- Instant History – Biffy Clyro
- Bury It – CHVRCHES (ft. Hayley Williams)
- Stupid Love – Lady Gaga
- Irresistible – Fall Out Boy
- All Goes Wrong – Chase & Status (ft. Tom Grennan)
- Sucker Punch – Sigrid
- Higher Love – Kygo & Whitney Houston
- The Monster – Eminem (ft. Rhianna)
Hope you enjoy it!
For more running music playlists take a look at My Playlists page
15 Song Running Playlist for Autumn
Autumn is upon us! So I’ve put together a new running playlist for Autumn, hopefully this will motivate me to get my running mojo back!
Whilst, as always, I am lamenting the demise of summer and (by the way) what a fab summer it’s been in the UK I do always look forward to September. Back to School for my children and me, a mass of family birthdays and one final push for me to get running again before the nights start to draw in and all I want to do is snuggle in front of the fire.
For more running playlist inspiration visit my playlist page or check out my Pinterest.
All songs from my Running Playlist are available to download from iTunes or Amazon
Spring Running Music Playlist
It’s Spring! Time to get outdoors, no more treadmill for me (yes I am a fairweather runner)! So I’ve put a new running music playlist together. Some tunes are upbeat, some are on this list just because I like them!
I’m trying to increase my speed so I’m busy looking for inspiration and ideas on Pinterest at the moment; hopefully I’ll be posting something soon!
All my workout music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon and Spotify.
Spring Running Music Playlist
Cloud 9 – Jamiroquai
Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Heavydirtysoul – 21 Pilots
By Your Side (ft. RAYE) – Jonas Blue
Place (ft. Ina Wroldsen) – Martin Solveig
Cloudbusting – Just Us
Don’t You Worry Child (ft. John Martin) – Swedish House Mafia
Rich Boy – Galantis
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
No Lie (ft. Dua Lipa) – Sean Paul
Just Hold On – Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson
Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix) – Starley
Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Symphony (ft. Zara Larsson) – Clean Bandit
Green Light – Lorde
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Why try a 30 day fitness challenge?
Have you ever tried doing a fitness challenge for 30 days? This year I decided to make a new list of goals to achieve each month; one of these was to set a monthly fitness challenge. I’ve become a little obsessed with monthly challenges recently, why?
- 30 days is not a great deal of time to invest in a project if it doesn’t work out
- Doing something for 30 days can help to cement a good habit
- A new challenge each month can keep up your motivation and results can be seen in a short space of time
- It can help you develop a more open mind set to embrace change
- You can get a lot done it 30 days; think of doing one each month then that’s a lot of goals you’ve achieved!
So apply this to fitness and you’ve got a great fitness plan for the whole year!
Stuck for inspiration? Then check out my 5 favourite fitness challenges that I have taken from Pinterest.
30 Day Abs and Squats Challenge – this is actually my fitness challenge for February
30 Day Core Strength Challenge
30 Day Sleek Arms Challenge
30 Day Full Killer Body Workout
30 Day Burpee Challenge
Finally you needn’t just have to limit it to a monthly fitness challenge; it can be absolutely anything!
Hello 2017! Workout Music Playlist
Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and a fresh start for me fitness wise after the usual over indulgence of Christmas. Do I feel at all guilty? Nope! Well just a little but isn’t that what Christmas is all about. So now it’s time to get back to the Gym and getting rid of those few extra pounds I’ve managed to pile on. So I’ve put together a new workout music playlist to help me get back into the swing of things. I’ve also put together a New Year Running Music Playlist, which is slightly more upbeat but just as good for the Gym.
All my workout music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon
Hello 2017! Workout Music Playlist
The Mack (ft. Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap) – Nevada
Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
So Good – Louisa Johnson
Hall of Fame (ft. will.i.am) – The Script
Starving (ft. Zedd) – Hailee Steinfeld & Grey
Earthquake (ft. Tinie Tempah) – Labrinth
Touch – Little Mix
All Night – The Vamps & Matoma
That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony
Shed A Light (ft. Cheat Codes) – Robin Schulz & David Guetta
Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz
No Sleep – Twin Atlantic
Hotline Bling – Drake
Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld
Fancy (ft. Chari XCX) – Iggy Azalea
What workout music gets you motivated to exercise?
Hello 2017! Running Music Playlist
Happy New Year! Time to get back to running after two weeks of a diet of chocolate, prosecco and Christmas TV Catch Up marathons. I went into Christmas full of good intentions but by Christmas morning that had all evaporated and been replaced by a tin of Quality Street. So a brand, spanking new year and a fresh start. A cliché I know but I enjoyed Christmas, spending time with family and catching up with friends so I don’t feel guilty. Now the challenge is to step away from the remains of the selection box and get out there running again.
So new running music is what is called for, so check out my New Year Running Playlist if you are in need of inspiration and motivation!
All my running music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon.
Hello 2017! Running Music Playlist Tracks
Dancing On My Own (Tiesto Remix) – Callum Scott
Some Kind of Heaven – Hurts
All Goes Wrong (ft. Tom Grennan) – Chase & Status
Good Intentions (ft. BullySongs) – The Chainsmokers
By Your Side (ft. RAYE) – Jonas Blue
Find Me (ft. Birdy) – Sigma
Trouble – Offaiah
Perfect Strangers (ft. JP Cooper) Jerome Price Remix – Jonas Blue
Alone No More – Philip George & Anton Powers
Somewhere To Run (Lost King’s Remix) – Krewella
Kids (Soulwax Mix) – MGMT
The Key The Secret – Urban Cookie Collective
Happy Alone (ft. V. Bozeman) – Matrix & Futurebound
Under Control (ft. Hurts) – Calvin Harris & Alesso
Dare You (ft. Matthew Koma) – Hardwell
My Strongwoman Workout #2
This is a workout that I have been doing a while. Simple but effective. Back to back exercises with no rest until the round is completed. By round 4 I’m ready to throw in the towel but completing round 5 gives me such a buzz as I know that I have really pushed myself. I tend to do this type of workout in order to add some variety to my workout routine and to keep me motivated.
This is the second strongwoman workout after posting ‘My Strongwoman Workout #1’ earlier this year. I’m not quite squatting more than I weigh but I am getting there! I’ve not included the weights I use as everyone is different. For Sled drags I use a prowler with additional weights added. As with any workout be sure to warm-up before a session and find time after for a cool down.
How do you inject variety into your workout schedule?
What gets you motivated when you are stuck in a fitness rut?
I am not a qualified Personal Trainer or Medical Professional.
All the views expressed are my own. I am an experienced runner and train regularly at the gym. All my workouts have been designed to suit my own fitness capabilities and goals but I am happy to share if you are looking for inspiration, workout ideas or motivation.
Before embarking on any form of exercise or fitness programme or if you have any medical conditions or injuries please seek professional medical advice.
Summer Workout Playlist 2016
New Gym Workout Playlist for the Summer is a must especially now that it’s countdown to my holiday in Cornwall. I’ve got a new gym programme, attempting to do 3 HIIT sessions a week and if time will throw in the odd 5km run (weather dependent as I’m a complete fair weather runner). So here’s my workout music for the summer.
Summer Workout Play List Tracks 2016
I wanna Feel by Secondcity
Tidal Wave (ft. Alpines) by Sub Focus
Don’t let me down (ft. Daya) by The Chainsmokers
Dangerous Woman by Arianna Grandee
19-2000 (Soulchild Remix) by Gorillaz
Never Be Like You (ft. Kai) by Flume
Spectrum by Florence & The Machine
Alarm by Anne-Marie
I Love It by Icona Pop
Gecko by Oliver Heldens
Me Too by Meghan Trainor
Hear Me by Imagine Dragons
Applause by Lady Gaga
Hey Mama (ft. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack) by David Guetta
Stronger by Kanye West
All the songs from this playlist are available to download on iTunes or other online music stores such as Amazon Music.
What music motivates you to train at the Gym? Do you use it purely to take your mind off what you are doing or to push you harder?
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Workout Music Playlist for June 2016
It’s the start of summer. So a new month means a workout music for me to train to. Loving the light mornings. This time last year I tended to train early evening because I didn’t think I had time for a trip to the Gym first thing in the morning. Now is a different story. I get my gym kit ready the night before, get my post gym smoothie whizzed up and put in the fridge, and set the alarm for 6am. Some days I will run especially if the sun is shining but I mainly do use this time of the day to get a training session in at the Gym.
So here are my 15 Workout Music Songs for June 2016 in a handy Infographic.
Workout Music Playlist June 2016 List
Busy Earning by Jungle
Magnetised by Tom Odell
All Four Walls by Gorgon City ft. Nyla & Fuse
Hotter Than Hell by Dua Lipa
Hair ft. Sean Paul by Little Mix
Like I Would by Zayn
Just like Fire by Pink
Raging ft. Kodaline by Kygo
Itch by Nothing But Thieves
Follow You by Bring Me The Horizon
Blind Faith ft. Liam Bailey by Chase & Status
Sorry by Justin Beiber
Wherever I Go by One Republic
Talking Bodies by Tove Lo (Clean Edit)
Salt Skin by Ellie Goulding
All my workout playlist songs are available on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon.
Have you updated your Workout Music recently? What songs do you love listening to when you are training?