Archive | February, 2011

Playlist du jour

15 Feb

Sometimes it takes some truly spectacular music to get me in the mood to workout. I suspect this may be true for others as well. Today I was in no mood to workout… but I desperately wanted to put off my school work too. Having recently updated my iTunes workout playlist I opted out of the dance workout dvds and instead hopped on the elliptical machine that is currently collecting dust in our “office” (which is actually more like a disastrous storage unit at this point).

The iPod shuffled the right mix today and I thought I’d share it. It’s full of some songs that are no longer hip, maybe overplayed on the radio- but I only listen to NPR in the car anyway so it’s all fresh to me! Maybe there’s something new here for you (my one and only reader) to enjoy? This playlist is approximately 50 minutes long and includes warm-up and cool down tunes.

  1. Line it Up – Mayda (local lady love)
  2. Big Girl Now – NKOTB and Lady Gaga
  3. We R Who We R – Ke$ha
  4. Gotta Get Thru This – Daniel Bedingfield
  5. Stronger – Kanye (he’s-my-boyfriend-don’t-even-care-if-he’s-a-jerk) West
  6. Stockholm Syndrome – Muse
  7. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  8. Beggin’ – Madcon
  9. Only Girl (In the World) – Rihanna
  10. Bright Lights Bigger City – Cee Lo (did you see his pug puppet at the Grammys!?)
  11. American Boy – Estelle feat. Kanye (again, dang!)
  12. Back to Life – Slow Spokes (for a little more local flava)
  13. Day n Night – Kid Cudi (for the stretch out)

Some people reward themselves with gossip magazines while working out. I allow myself to listen to ridiculous and vapid pop (hence the Ke$ha) while I’m working out (although that list is not entirely comprised of bad pop!). It’s an incentive, it allows me to zone out and focus on the beat and the workout, and it’s an indulgence I look forward to.

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Now Work It Out

1 Feb

The battle with PCOS not only consists of nutrition and medication and fertility treatments, but also fitness. I have a love-hate relationship with fitness. I love it when I am about 3 or 4 weeks into a routine and build up some stamina. I hate it when I become bored, quit, and then have to begin again, huffing and puffing through a half hour workout.

I also hate the gym. I think the idea of communal exercise equipment is disgusting and I hate to smell other people’s funk. I might be a germaphobe. Jogging on a treadmill staring at the wall or a television for 45 minutes is absolutely torturous.

I hate home cardio equipment too, but about once a year I seem to development exercise equipment amnesia. I’ve been the proud owner of two elliptical trainers and a treadmill. All were sold on Craigslist after becoming giant clothing racks.

I don’t hate all exercise. I love to dance, and I am way into cardio dance classes. My preferred style is most definitely hip hop even though I’m really just a floppy uncoordinated white girl on the dance floor.

I also love infomercials. You could sucker me into buying anything late at night or on a lazy Sunday afternoon from those little red panini presses to the Magic Bullet blender (but seriously, that’s also the name of a certain romance enhancement tool, am I right?). I am seriously considering the Motown Collection when I get a job.

A while back I came across a pretty fantastic infomercial on Hip Hop Abs. (All day long.) I watched the entire program three or four times because it was kind of addicting. It wasn’t the promise of rock hard abs without having to do sit-ups that I fell for. It was the music! And the adorable Shaun T. So… I bought it, and I am in love with him it.

Not long ago I purchased the Turbo Jam dvd set and am fond of that workout as well.

I totally bought TJ because I thought it was going to be a party. And it is fun- especially when I am able to con a girlfriend into Turbo Jamming with me.

I am now on the lookout for some community ed zumba or cardio hip hop classes in my neighborhood. Life, fitness, healing- it’s a lot of work. You might as well enjoy it.