In honor of the CMA Awards tonight, we're pumping a quality country cardio playlist featuring many of the 2013 nominees! During your next tough workout, you'll be transported to a picturesque countryside, complete with bluebonnets and a warm breeze. Whether you want some hot cowboy music or sassy, upbeat tunes from independent ladies, there's the perfect tune on this list for everyone. First, subscribe to the Spotify playlist, then keep reading to see all the country cardio tracks.
Interval training is an ideal technique for new runners. It builds stamina, improves confidence, and promotes healthy weight loss to boot! This beginner-friendly 35-minute workout alternates between periods of running and walking, and it comes with an uplifting playlist to add enthusiasm to every step. Be sure to get in an active warmup to loosen up your body, and then get ready to run! You'll kick off the run strong with a fast-paced U2 tune, then you'll go for a brisk walk with Rihanna.
Keep reading for the rest of the 10 tunes plus the Spotify playlist.
Starting a day with 20 minutes of Sun Salutations makes a big difference in how you look at the world around you. If your morning yoga practice is feeling a little tired — or, like me, you've literally fallen asleep on your mat — then try out these tunes to see if something new will work.
If you need a refresher, then find out how to do a Sun Salutation A sequence here or a Sun Salutation B here. Once you've got the basics down, subscribe to our Spotify playlist, then keep reading to see all 10 tracks.
|"September" by St. Lucia||Jumping Jacks + Speed Skaters|
|"California Soul" by Marlena Shaw||45-Degree Bicep Curls + Upright Rows|
|"She Wants to Move" by N.E.R.D.||Bicycle Crunches + Reverse Crunch|
|"Touch the Sky" by Kanye West||Tricep Kickbacks + Front Raises|
|"Gronlandic Edit" by Of Montreal||Scissor Abs + V-Sits|
|"What Ever Happened?" by The Strokes||Tricep Push-Ups + *Elbow Planks|
*Hold each plank for 20 seconds.
See the Spotify playlist after the break!
A good night's rest is essential for your happiness and well-being. But if you can't cue yourself into relaxation mode before bedtime, we have a way to help. Here's a playlist to listen to before hitting the pillow. The melodies will help relax your mind while your body follows suit — by the fourth song, you'll be heading into sleep mode.
Keep reading to get the Spotify playlist.
I'm a fan of bubblegum pop tunes to help you get your sweat on, but mixing up music is always a welcome change to my workouts. With music festival season in full force, it wouldn't be fair to leave out some of the awesome electronic pop that has been in my ears and on my brain. This playlist is perfect for an upbeat cardio workout — or an impromptu dance party! — when you're in need of some motivation. Some of the songs are from well-known electro-inspired stars like Robyn and LCD Soundsystem, but you may find a new favorite in bands like Miami Horror and Future Rock. And the best part? It's exactly one hour long!
Keep reading to see the full track list, and listen to them all on our brand-new Spotify playlist.
Keep reading to listen to them all on our brand-new Spotify playlist.
Rather than run Christmas classics ragged when working out, opt to play these alternative tunes mentioning Winter, snow, and the holidays. Upbeat tracks from bands like Vampire Weekend will keep you feeling powered up despite the dreary weather. Mumford and Sons, Simon and Garfunkel, Fleet Foxes, and the Head and the Heart offer classic, folk rock sound and seasonally appropriate lyrics so you can still shake it (without having to listen to something like "Jingle Bell Rock") in the spirit of the holidays. Winter-themed songs from the Dodos, Swimming With Dolphins, and I Break Horses are lively and addictive to keep your spirits high even though the temperatures are low.
While there's no secret to a quick and easy labor, plenty of mamas will credit a playlist of motivating songs for getting them through the final push. It energized them and blocked out sounds that may have distracted them in the process. Birthbeats offers up one midwife's ideal birthing playlist, but we want to know what's on yours? Did you have a specific song you wanted playing when your lil one entered the world? Or did you have a full-on playlist created to help you through the marathon of labor? Tell us in the comments below!