I have really been hitting the HIIT (high intensity interval training), which I read is the best thing for belly fat. Between a pregnancy with twins followed 15 months later by a singleton who weighed a whopping 9 pounds, 15 ounces (4400 grams), and a whole lot of stress ever since, belly fat is my single biggest body issue.
I do HIIT two ways- treadmill alternating a 3.4 mph walking pace with a 4.3 mph run or on the recumbent bike I pedal at the same pace throughout, but do some low weight, high rep, and many set arm exercises.
And I get bored. I get bored with my workout music. So I’m always creating new playlists. I had so many at one point and published them on my old blog. Since then, however, I’ve found a new way to make playlists- THEMED.
Creating playlists with a theme was inspired by a “Berning Issues” party I planned for our local progressives. You can see that list and other Bernie stuff here. But now I’m digging all sorts of themed playlists. And it’s sooooo much fun. Thinking about song titles or band names that fit the theme is a good mental exercise and then listening to music you haven’t heard since you were six or never heard before, is uplifting and stimulating.
Mind you, I’ve always had eclectic tastes in music. In 1987, I took my own moolah and went to the store to buy my first albums. They were The Joshua Tree by U2, Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi, and Licensed To Ill by the Beastie Boys. And twenty-two years ago, my husband and I bonded over Take A Chance On Me by ABBA, I Saw Your Mommy by Suicidal Tendencies, and Closer by Nine Inch Nails. So, yeah, pretty eclectic.
The rules I have for these themed playlist are quite simple:
1- The band name or song title must fit the theme.
For instance, for the Royal Playlist theme, I first brainstormed “royal” band names. I also included things related to royalty/feudal times like noble titles, including squire, lady, sir, and page.
2- The songs must up tempo enough for a workout.
Slower songs I’ve included for warm up/cool down, though I tend to hit shuffle on mine to mix it up even more between workouts.
So, here’s what I came up with:
Sabra’s Royal Playlist
Queen– Bohemian Rhapsody, Bicycle, or Fat Bottomed Girls
Kings of Leon– Molly’s Chambers, Taper Jean Girl, or The Bucket (obviously I prefer early Kings of Leon)
Franz Ferdinand– This Fire
Prince– 1999, Alphabet Street, or Let’s Go Crazy (try not to tear up with this last song)
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch– Good Vibrations (Marky a play on marquis)
Billy Squier– The Stroke (squire spelled a bit differently)
Sir Mix-A-Lot– Baby Got Back
Lady Gaga– Bad Romance or Poker Face
Royals– Lorde (but of course!)
Dancing Queen– ABBA
Her Majesty– The Beatles
Lady Marmalade– Labelle
M’Lady– Sly and the Family Stone
Other possibilities that I either don’t own or didn’t fit my ideal workout playlist:
Queens of the Stone Age
Jimmy Page (and thus, Led Zeppelin)
Queen of Hearts– Juice Newton
Duke of Earl- Gene Chandler
Knights in White Satin- The Moody Blues
Sultans of Swing-Dire Straits (warm up/cool down)
King of the Road– Roger Miller (warm up/cool down)
Do you like to mix up your workout music? Do you have a formula that keeps it interesting? Let me know in the comments!
And come back for more themed-playlists! Every first Friday of the month, I’ll post a new one!