Safe to say we’re in the clear for spring, eh? This makes me very, very happy. This means outdoor workouts, longer runs and park trips with the dog.
You’ve seen our 5 Pillars of Wellness, yes? Number three on the list is move, and that gets a whole lot easier when the temp heats up. The simplest form of exercise is to just get outside and move. Go for a walk, run, do some squats, whatever works for you. You don’t need a bunch of fancy gym equipment.
In preparation for the new season, I tapped my favorite music consultant (my brother) for some new workout playlists and here’s what he turned over:
- Cardio by Spotify: A mix of electronic & pop music that’s perfect for long runs. Joe says it will also “help me stay up to date on what the kids are listening to these days.” Sister’s gotta stay hip.
- Infatuation BEEEEEATS by The Infatuation: curated by a couple guys who quit their jobs in finance to do restaurant reviews that don’t suck, aka making a living via eating all over NYC. The dream. Every month they put out a new playlist, which covers a range of genres from indie rock to electronic to hip hop.
- Heaviest Hits Throwback Workout by Spotify & Throwbacks (2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,00’s R&B) by Viviana Paz Kitschke: Ah the 2000s, the golden age of R&B. Both of these playlists embody the anthems of our middle school years (think: Ashanti/Ja Rule, Nelly, Destiny’s Child, etc.). Watch as you’re transported back to college when everyone knew in their bones that they were Missy Elliot at the late-night dance parties. Anyway, these jams make for some sweet playlists.
- Songs on Repeat by SoulCycle: I dragged Joe to his first SoulCycle experience a couple years ago, and much to my satisfaction, he almost died. Okay, that came out wrong, but what I mean is that it was a lot harder than he ever gave it credit for. We’ve both since hung up our spinning shoes but still dig the playlists – those instructors know how to make ’em!
- Feel Good Indie Rock by Spotify: Best for longer runs or cycling. True to its name, it’s hard to not be in a good mood while jamming to this one.
Do you have any go-to workout playlists? Share them below! I’m always on the hunt for new ones to keep it interesting.
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