Cardio Playlist Summer 2013

July 14, 2013 by  
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It’s been too long since my last playlist!!! As with my previous playlists, I try to include a mix of genres while limiting the list to 8 – 10 songs.  Music is poetry – lyrics with accompanied musical notes.  We are all poets and don’t know it as we listen and repeat the chorus to our favorite tunes.  I tell my students they are interpreting a form of writing every time they turn on their playlists.

Some I’ve been interpreting this summer are below:


1. Safe and Sound by Capital Cities – My school is using this in many awesome presentations this year, advocating all the great opportunities to students. One canNOT be in a bad mood when this plays. . .

2. Burn for You  by Toby Mac – This will inspire you to move . . .

3. Is You Is or Is You Ain’t my Baby by Dinah Washington (Verve Remix) – a classic twist to cardio . . .

4. Pop Danthology 2013 – If you’re like me, you aren’t motivated by the same songs played over and over on the radio. This mix solves that – it teases with just a touch from the best currents.

5. From Beneath the Earth’s Crust by Harry Choo Choo Romero – An instrumental so good for cardio! A remix with a big band groove . . .

6. World, Hold On by Bob Sinclair – One of those songs you’d never think of for a playlist!  The whistling works wonders as you work!

7. Lonely Boy by The Black Keys – Time to start rocking! The video is reason enough to include this . . .

8. California Man by Cheap Trick – I love this for so many reasons.  It’s the song my old high school poms team won #1 with at the school I now teach at!!!  But never mind me, you’ll love this song because it rocks . . . .

9. We Meet Again by Nancy Wilson – beautiful song to cool down to. What color will you paint your day with?

Discover, Curate, and Share

August 29, 2012 by  
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Gone are the days of wasting trees and desk space!

This summer, I’ve been curating articles, videos, images and links to use in the classroom.  To kick-off this fabulous new school year, I’d like to share my ever-growing collection.  Peruse for personal or professional use:

A.  Delicious:  Here you will find my curation of articles I discovered over the summer to share with students.  The main bundle consists of 70 informational, high-interest articles.  One of my goals is to incorporate as much non-fictional reading as possible into both my reading and freshmen curriculums.  The other bundles include various public speaking articles, articles for college-bound seniors and articles about writing.  Take a peek

B.  YouTube:  My collection of videos to use in and out of the classroom  . . . . Here are the playlists:

~ Education:  Videos that can be shared in just about any classroom . . . everything from social media to punctuation is explored here.

~ Motivational:  Videos to motivate to think, act or believe

~ Speech:  Speeches to watch and instructional videos on performance components of public speaking

~ Writing:  Instructional videos on forms of writing and writing inspirations

~ Reading: Videos to show my reluctant readers . . . videos to motivate as well as inform on reading strategies

~ Shakespeare:  Videos to enjoy and/or share about the Bard

~ For My Seniors:  Great tips on entering college or making career choices

~ For My Honors Freshmen:  Critical thinking videos

~ Just For Fun:  Videos to make us smile

~ Music:  My compilation of my very favorites 🙂

C.  Vimeo :  3 more video playlists (videos not on YouTube)  I wish there was a more organized way to categorize these.  The hardest part is remembering I bookmarked them in the first place; moreover, remembering them during opportune occasions is the challenge.

~ Education:  More videos to share with my students

Music & Misc:  Basically, my own personal “likes”

~ Speech Class:  More videos to share with speech students

d. Pinterest:  I’ve been having the most fun with this social network as of late.  I’m utilizing Pinterest both for professional and personal use.  For instance, you will find a board for literacy coaching as well as a board for yoga; there is a board for writing as well as a board for recipes to try.  The list goes on!!  Check out the 60 boards I’m always adding to – including illustrations, photos, graphic organizers, infographics, recipes, etc.  See my recent post about Pinterest:  Post or Pin?  Pinterest Pulls My Time for details.     Better yet, go straight to my Pinterest page and follow me there!!

e.  SlideShare:  Miscellaneous slideshows I’ve favorited along the way . . . including visual writing prompts and a presentation on interactive notebooks.  There are only 7 favorites here.  Clearly, I don’t use this platform too often.


I’m curious – where else are you collecting material?!  Are you using Diig?  Let me know!!!!  Let’s collaborate and share the wealth of information!

2012 End of Summer Cardio Playlist

August 8, 2012 by  
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I’m in the mood to spread the happiness and share the next playlist.  Some brand new, a couple old . . . each will definitely motivate to move – whether that’s outside, on the track, on the treadmill, in the gym or your living room.  Happy Exercise to you!

Run by Amy MacDonald  . . .  Let this song motivate you to run.

Strict Machine (We are Glitter Goldfrapp Mix) – If this doesn’t get you going . . . .

Some Nights by Fun . . . this video was originally shared by a former student.  I

Tongue Tied by GROUPLOVE . . . the right-now song with the college crowd!!!!Don’t be afraid to express your happiness – not enough people express this emotion when they’re feeling it!

Nothing Really Matters by David Guetta with – What can be wrong with that collaboration?!

Start Me Up by Rolling Stones . . . I heard this classic on the radio the other day and got VERY excited! Who doesn’t get excited with that opening?!

Feel So Close by Calvin Harris . . . . ’cause I do!!

Queen of California by John Mayer . . .  I adore ending workouts with beautiful cool downs.  This is brand new!!










Summer 2012 Cardio Playlist

June 16, 2012 by  
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I initially started compiling my cardio playlists on  Grading Girl simply to keep track of my latest musical motivations for what I consider to be the most boring part of a workout – cardio.  While I’ve been creating playlists since cassettes were all the rage (even still have some of those old cassettes), I had no clue these playlists would turn so popular, with consistent standing between #1 – 3 on Google!!  Well, it’s whipped cream on the cheesecake for me ’cause it’s this music that truly keeps me going.  Ask my fellow gym buds, they’ll tell you – I don’t chit chat or dilly dally on the machines; however, if I didn’t have this music, I’d skip the ‘mill altogether.  Hopefully, there are some songs here to motivate you as well: 

 Wide Awake by Katy Perry . . . . because one needs a bit slower tune to begin: ➞

Back in Time by Pitbull . . . okay, I Shazamed this one the very first time I heard it while still in the parking lot of my gym; I used it minutes later during my workout – fast, happy, a GG kind of song:

Take You Higher by Goodwill & Hook . . . just every-so-slightly slower than the last song – good for intervals!!

Rock the Beat by Bob Sinclair (feat PitBull) . . .Time for a little more PitBull to bring your heartbeat back up!

Tonight is the Night by Outasight . . . will make your workout whiz by:

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Shaggy . . . Recommended by my bro who shares my passion for remixes! Who wants to workout to the Top 40s we can hear on the radio any day, right?!

The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes . . . how can this NOT be a great song for cardio? This song goes out to all the special athletes I know and love:

Run (feat. Sugarland) Matt Nathanson . . . It’s songs such as this that makes me actually like country (shhh, don’t tell a soul)  I love, love, love this . . . . . . Run to your workout finish line with this one.






Post or Pin? – Pinterest Pulls My Post Time

May 13, 2012 by  
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Besides simply being happily busier lately, there’s been a new kid on the social media block that’s peeked my interest and taken away a portion of my posting time.  By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about and/or dabbled in the #3 most popular social network (beaten only by Facebook and Twitter) – Pinterest.  This rank is according to the latest report by Experian Marketing Services, and was acheived in a very short amount of time.

I’m here to post that I’m joyfully contributing to that jump!  During the past four months since I signed on, Pinterest is benefiting me both professionally and personally.  I’m so excited about this that I recently presented my case for Pinterest and other social media channels at a  recent literacy coach meeting at my school; I’m happy to say I have created some converters . . . slowly but surely.  🙂  For those of us still thinking that it is “another waste of time,” or “something I don’t have time to dabble with until summer,” perhaps this post will sway you to pin a few and see what happens!!  Even my principal, a converted social media enthusiast, emailed the faculty recently, tauting the benefits of teachers pinning boards!!  So, here it is . . . a rundown of how Pinterest is benefiting me (so far!):

My Professional Pinterest:

1.  I have the following educational boards on which I collect lesson plans, videos, articles, and images to use in and out of the classroom.

a.  Read, Read, Read: Collection of pictures, strategies and videos that motivate me and my students to read

b.  Yes to YA Books:  Books I or my reading students have read, enjoyed, and recommend to others

c.  Literacy Coaching:  a collection of tools to share with faculty as we spread best practices in literacy instruction that aligns with our common core standards.  Note:  I just started this board and look forward to continuing to add to it throughout the sumer as we “facelift” our current literacy coach program.  I am the coordinator of the literacy coach program at my school and truly enjoy getting out of my classroom and visiting/observing classes in other subject areas.  Watch for future pins that will reflect ALL content areas.

d.  Writing Well:   Here is where I pin resources for my own writing as well as lesson plan ideas for my own students.  Loads of writing prompts here!

e.  Greatly Good Grammar:  Need to brush up on your grammar?  I’m pinning quick and painless grammar tips here.

f.  Speak the Speech:  Collection of speeches, body language tips, interpersonal studies . . . As speech class is an entirely different curriculum all its own, I foresee this board growing into 3 – 4 boards.  Stay tuned!!

g. Excellent English Endeavors:  Those items that could be used in a number of different English classes (i.e. genre identification, spelling errors, etc)

h.  Shakespeare:   Board devoted to the Bard . . . links to sites, pictures and quick facts about him and his works.

i.  Education:  Items that can be useful to any educator – everything from appreciation gift ideas to school supplies to graphic organizers.

j.  Teacher Technology:  I will be referring back to this board quite often this summer as I prepare to flip my classrooms as much as I can.  I’m adding to this one every day, so stay tuned!!

k.  Carefully Counseling Careers:  As I contemplate pursuing my PhD in Counseling, a collection of resources for college and career.  One of the reasons I enjoy teaching Senior Expository Composition so much is because I revel in our college preparation unit.  After assisting my daughter through her own very successful college admissions journey, I feel experienced and passionate about this step everyone should be privileged to take in life.

l.  Cozy, Cool Classrooms: Ideas for setting up my classroom walls, bulletin boards, and organization

m.  High School Show & Tell: Videos my students can benefit from and/or simply enjoy

n.  Educational Leadership:  I just started this board; but, stay tuned for applications, articles and artifacts to aid in staff development, administration  (yes, I have my Type 75)

o.  Book Lovers’ Apparel/Accessories: Items that book-driven educators may enjoy wearing and/or using

Follow me on Pinterest!!

My Personal Pinterest:  (a sampling . . . too many to list all)

2.  I have a collection of boards on which I collect artifacts to aid me in my hobbies, personal goals and every day life.

a.  Fitness Fun:  This board holds a plethora of workout and training ideas for my close second passion – fitness.  When I retire from teaching, I plan on pursuing my personal training and nutritionist certification.  By that time, I’ll be working with the older generation of us who will probably still be wanting to train but not being told what to do by a perky 20 year old.  That’s where I’ll come in – a perky 60 year old.  🙂

b.  Nutrition Nuggets:   The power of food fascinates me.  The more I learn about food, the more reality sets in that we truly are what we eat.  Here is where I will be collecting facts and figures about nutrition.  This is also a fairly new board so plan on its immense growth!!

c.  My Visual Bucket List:  Honestly, when I signed on to Pinterest, this board was why.  I planned on pinning my bucket list desires and that’s about it.  Well, that certainly flew out the window quicker than a suffocating fly!!

d.  Yoga Love:  I LOVE yoga.  A dear friend introduced it to me a few years back, and I’ve been stretching my way happy ever since.  My only wish is that I had more time for it.  I make time once a week for Hot Yoga – but my body craves more.

e.  Quotable Quotations:  True followers of GG will remember I already have a category devoted to quotations on this site, Quotable Quotations.  I wouldn’t be a true English teacher if I didn’t love the written and spoken word.  This is the one board that gets the most repins.  I simply pin those words that I’m feeling at the moment.  Once, when having a difficult moment, I pinned a quotation that was exactly what I was feeling at the moment – I woke up the next morning to 1500 repins!!  Apparently, many could relate to what I was going through!!  Power of the pin!!

f.  i Heart iPhones:  where I collect new app and shortcut information

g.  Books Worth the Read:  when I’m not at school, I’m working out.  When I’m not working out, I’m reading (after a few pinning moments, of course!).  Here is a collection of my favorite books along with a few I plan on reading this summer, poolside of course.

h.  Now You See It InfoGraphics:  While I have infographics posted on other boards having to do with those subjects, here’s a collection of graphs that I find interesting and useful

i.  Food to Taste and For Fun Food:  Of course, I have to have the healthful and the not-so-much foods.  It’s all about eating right so one can afford to cheat once in a blue moon.  Pinterest is a FABULOUS place to hold recipes!!

j.  Particularly Pleasing Products and Ideal Ideas and Goods Good to Know . . . all boards that provide a convenient place for me to store products I wish to make note of/buy in the future, ideas I may wish to try, and life lessons good to know.

And the list goes on . . . check out my Pinterest page for all 47 of my boards.  

My Pinterest Tools:  

~ Pin a Quote:  Allows me to create and pin my own quotations

~ Pin Page:  Allows me to pin an entire web site

My predictions for continued Pinterest improvements in the coming months

a.  allowance for privacy settings – I know there are many of us who hope this comes soon.   🙂

b.  easier tracking of traffic – this will be a great tool for serious bloggers

c.  more “who to follow” tools – always helpful

There you have it – my take on one of the most popular social networks currently available.  Pinterest truly is a place to quickly hold and organize pieces of information that you wish to hold on to.  There are seemingly endless possibilities:  plan a special occasion, plan a lesson, collect for a portfolio, have students pin character boards, etc.

While I don’t see my zealous for Pinterest winding down any time soon, I will be making a concerted effort to divide my online time between pinning and posting.   In the meantime, join me on Pinterest @ www.pinterest/gradinggirl.  I look forward to your pins!!!  By the way, if you are currently on Pinterest, please feel free to click the little “Pin It” you see at the top or bottom of this page.  That will get this post on Pinterest – another great way to share information!!  Thank you!!!

Spring Cardio Playlist ~ Spring into It!!

March 23, 2012 by  
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The tulips are peeking out of the ground, the leaves are turning green, the grass is growing.  Time to bloom our spirits and physiques – ready for what new, unexpected adventures await us this season!

What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction . . . my right now song!!  So sweet!!!  So feel good!!!  If this beat doesn’t get your workout going, I don’t know what will.

Wild Ones by Flo Rida featuring Sia . . .   🙂   . . . . go wild at the gym and look wild everywhere else!  Turn this up and it’ll remind of that special wild one in your life!!

Glad You Came by The Wanted . . . . An undeniable beat that’ll put a spell on your workout moves!

Drive By by Train . . . toe tapping rock at its best . . . even if you’re not movin to West L.A.!!  😉

Watching You Watch Him by Eric Hutchinson . . . I just heard this on the radio and used my iPhone app, Shazam, to instantly download it!!  Check it out – a lovable little song that all too many can relate to:  

We Run the Night by Havana Brown . . .  one of those “I can do anything” songs – turn this up as you perform your fast interval!!

Feel So Close by Calvin Harris . . . I liked this the first time I heard it.  It’s a bit slower – perfect timing as you prepare for cooldown. 

Heartbreak Warfare by John Mayer . . . something about this song that hits me significantly.  It’s one of those songs I’ll never get sick of.  Perfect punch to end.  This one often makes me “float” off the treadmill.


















Cardio Playlist 2012

January 22, 2012 by  
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I’m overdue for a BRAND NEW cardio playlist for 2012.  I pride myself in finding the latest, the most unique, the most motivating songs to keep you from getting bored on those cardio machines.  This list is no exception . . .

“Called Out in the Dark” by Snow Patrol . . . Brand new from this fabulous group!  An absolutely perfect tempo to warm up.  This is your life; this is your time ➟

“Eyes” by Kaskade (feat. Mindy Gledhill) . . . I LOVE, LOVE this one ‘ cause eyes are the windows to the soul and love is plain to see .♡  At 2:23 is when you should step up your game a bit faster on the mill!!

“Domino” by Jessie J . . . speaking of love 🙂 , this one will make you happy and spin yourself out of control!!

“Paradise” by Coldplay (Fedde Le Grande remix. . . I absolutely adore the original but this is the version for cardio!!

“These Days” by Foo Fighters . . . This group has a way of hiding profound lyrics behind smash rockin’ music.  One of these days your heart will play its final beat – but not today as you work it with this!

“Every Car You Chase” by Snow Patrol Vs. The Police . . . . One of my very favorite songs of all time paired with another fave ~ an ingenious mash-up!!  I dare you to stop during this!


“Joanna” by Little Comets . . . I’m not sure what I like about this song.  I just do:

Video Games” by Lana Del Rey . . . A silky, sultry way to close your cardio. HEART this and the Cali footage too!!

Pre-Holiday Cardio Playlist

November 12, 2011 by  
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Want to indulge without the bulge this holiday season?!  If you exercise now and push yourself a little harder with your cardio (4 days of cardio instead of 3? or 30 minutes instead of 20 minute sessions? or Run/Walk instead of Walk?), you will be able to partake in the festivities wholeheartedly!!  

The One You Say Goodnight Toby Kina Grannis . . . My right now song.  Positively perfect beginning.  🙂

Dakent by Banger (VooDoo Bear Remix) . . .  the xylophone will appeal to your inner child!!  A unique, creative instrumental that has an inspiring beat for your beginning.  At about 40 seconds in, the beat increases to get your heart rate off and running.

Phazing Disposition” (JRowe Mashup) . . . . a remix of “Sweet Disposition” from 500 Days of Summer.  Time to start kicking things up.  This version moves your groove to a stronger beat.  I’ve meshed mine so that this song begins before “Dakent” ends – perfect transition!!  (Flash mob choreography is improving my remix abilities!!)

 “Big in Japan” by Martin Solveig . . . remember Solveig’s song “Hello?”  This may be even more heart-throbbing!!  Great to get you in your faster zone ⟾~

So Much Love” by Fedde Le Grand . . . . LOVE this song!!  This song will find you in your happy zone!!!  Love, music, dance:  the necessities of life.  I adore the heart-shaped hands:

“Good Feeling” by Flo Rida . . . Leave it to this artist to provide a workout wonder song . . . Workout video too!

“I Like How It Feels” by Enrique Iglesias . . . Just when you start to get tired, you need this feel-good number!  “Cause this is our time!!

“We Found Love” by Rihanna – This is one of those songs that just sounds happy!!!  And, yes, love is usually found in a hopeless place.  Celebrate it!

“Without You” by Eddie Vedder . . . another from his Ukelele songs.  This song is simply beautiful – lyrics and tune.  I saw this show over the summer; this is a fabulous live version of this song.  Download it from Vedder’s Ukelele album.  A smooth cool-down.


“Rumor Has It/Someone Like You” Mashup by GLEE – Okay, gentlemen may not like this one as much.  Girls, this one is good for your cardio mix as you pound the pavement and feel lucky that you dodged that bullet from the one who made the mistake!!!!!!!





Cardio Playlist – Fall 2011

August 28, 2011 by  
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Don’t just fall into autumn . . . jump into the new season with a refreshed, more toned you.  It’s been a while since my last playlist and IT’S TIME!!!!  Are you like me?  Do you get bored playing the same music at the gym?  These might give you some ideas . . . 

Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People . . . . This is a PERFECT one to get you in the mood and get your own kicks pumped up!!  I can’t get the chorus out of my head!!!!! Turn this one up ~

Bruises by Chairlift  . . . I’m sure we all can relate to this one.  Each one of us has that person whom we tried to do handstands for but kept falling over.  😉

Beautiful People by Chris Brown and Benny Benassi . . .  Brown brings it again with another catchy, can’t-help-but-move tune.  I adore positive, life is good beats and this is definitely one of them!  People everywhere ARE beautiful!!!

Walk by Foo Fighters . . . Such a heart pumping song that is perrrrfect for cardio!!  Funny video too with great Los Angeles footage!!

One Club at a Time by Midnight Red . . . This one reminds me of dancing this summer with my daughter.  She’s a vibrant soul and you will be to0 if you let the music take you away during cardio! (I couldn’t find the original video but this is a good live shot)

Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO . . . I can’t not include this one (how’s that for a double negative?)!  Now if only we had a “shufflin” epidemic spread like the one in the video!  LOL!!

Beggin‘ by Madcon . . . . This is a great one to strut your stuff to.  Not crazy about the video but the song rocks me.

Can’t Keep by Eddie Vedder . . . I’m loving the softer side of Eddie we’ve heard lately.  This is a unique tune to rock your world – yes, rock with a ukelele!!  Love this whole album!!  Watch for the whale in this amazing video →






Cardio Workout Playlist

May 17, 2011 by  
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Raise your hand . . . how many of you are working out just a little harder to get toned, tanned, fit and ready for summer?  Me too – and here’s the songs helping me get there.  Enjoy!!

“Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac . . . Classic rock worthy of modern playlists.  Go your own way with your cardio and leave ’em in the dust.

“Rolling in the Deep” by GLEE cast . . . A handful of the GLEE covers are better than the originals – this is one of them.  Much more passionate as a duet, use this one to fuel your fire.  This acapella duet provides a unique backdrop to your gym-shoed feet.  Trust me, try it as a power warm up before picking up the pace!

“Heartbeat” by Enrique Iglesias ft. Nicole Scherzinger . . . I love to dance to this one – and you will too!!!  A wonderful feel-good song.  ♡ ♥ ♡

“Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon – DAVID GUETTA remix . . . I heard this remix this weekend & got super-excited.  #1 DJ plus #1 band = perfect cardio mix!!  The 7 minute length will keep you going . (Don’t like this remix?  No sweat – the fabulous original never gets out of tune!!)

“Baba O’riley” by The Who . . . A rock break from the remixes; I dare you to keep up with the pace.  A surprisingly good song to use for intervals.

“Penguin” by Avicii . . . A move-motivating club mix.  I ♡ the dancey piano!  Want something different from the Top 40s?! . . . . this is your song.

“Don’t Stop the Party” by The Black Eyed Peas . . . enough said.

“15 Steps”by Radiohead . . . . Time to calm the pace a bit.  This one’s perfect when counting your steps on the stairs or treadmill!

“Addicted to Love” by Florence & The Machine . . . a sexier, sultrier version to this 80’s piece.  This should be the section of your workout where the sweat starts to seep through.  Are you addicted?!

“White Balloons” by Sick Puppies . . . One needs closure in cardio.  Leave this lovely song for last and the lyrics will linger.

Cardio PLAYlist

April 3, 2011 by  
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Music is a universal language that truly does transcend boundaries.  Whatever native tongue one speaks, emotions evoked through music is unequivocally understood.  It’s no wonder music does so much to motivate our movement through exercise.  EXERCISE FOR YOUR HEART AND SING FOR YOUR SOUL! Here are the latest songs motivating me right now.

“Someday” by Rob Thomas . . . Sometimes we don’t notice just how good it can get!  This uber-optimistic song will positively kick off your cardio!  Do you have someone you wish you could get through to?  Listen to this as you sweat it out and let the magic happen.  I ♥ the video too!!

“Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin . . . While I love running with this one on a trail near grassy fields, it works equally well on the treadmill.  You just have to put your mind there!  And as an English teacher, I appreciate the rock & lit connection to The Hobbit!

“Happiness” by Alexis Jordan (Wideboys Club Mix) . . . This one goes out to my baby niece – there’s never been a happier soul born!!!!  She loves bouncing to this song and this remix will get you bouncing too.  Everyone needs a little happiness inserted in their cardio.  I can’t say enough about the feel-good mood this song evokes!! 

Born This Way” by Lady GaGa . . . Baby, you were born this way so make the most of it.  Give it your all, be truly present during cardio and you’ll get more out of your exercise.  Whether you’re a fan of GaGa or not, let yourself listen to the words and your feet will carry you to burn more calories.

“Yeah 3X” by Chris Brown . . . Remember the infamous wedding video with Chris Brown’s other big hit “Forever?”  This one gets people dancing in the aisles like that!!

“Your Love is My Drug” (Dave Aude Remix) by Kesha . . . There is no better drug in the world!!!  The version of this song makes me happy inside and out!!!  Find someone that loves life as much as you and you’ll never have a sad day again! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

“Space Age Love Song” by Flock of Seagulls . . . This is one of those special songs that would go on my “life playlist” – a long, happy story which I’ll devote to another post.  In any event, this dream tune will keep your feet flying with an 80’s flare.

“Paranoid” by Garbage . . . You won’t be paranoid by the time you’re done.  This is one of those songs you don’t always think of for cardio but it works! In cardio, variety is where it’s at!!

“If I Every Lose My Faith in You” by Sting . . . This song rocks my world.  Keep the faith, turn it on as you reach the home stretch, and your satisfaction will last long after your cardio is complete.

“Uncharted” by Sara Bareilles . . . You’re going down for the last section of your cardio.  Can you recognize the artists appearing in this video??  Shout out to my favorite pianist Ben Folds!!





St. Patrick’s Day Cardio Playlist

March 6, 2011 by  
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Let the luck be with you!  St. Patrick’s Day marks a day to begin transforming your winter dreams into spring action!!  Check out the music below to help you feel lucky as you work out your goals for spring and summer!!  While not all the songs directly connect to luck, all will evoke a go-lucky, invigorating feeling to kick off the new season.


“Animal” by Neon Trees . . . Here we go again!  A lucky month to kick off cardio goals.  This perfect tempo, fun pop song will keep your spirits up.

“Paddy’s Revenge” by Steve Mac . . . The ULTIMATE St. Patrick’s Day cardio song.  Check it out!!!!!

“BulletProof” (Dave Aude Remix) by LaRoux . . . the sound effects add oomph to this song.  Crank this one up and let your superhero power out!!

“Smack My B*** Up” by Prodigy . . . for the longest time, I thought this song was “Snap my Picture.”  I’ve LOVED this one for cardio for a long time now.  Remember the Charlie’s Angel scene when the girls kick serious butt as this song plays?!  That’s the kind of power this song evokes!!

“Higher” by Taio Cruz featuring Kylie Minogue . . . just the right point in your workout when you’re trying to run into a higher zone.

“Drum Trip” by Rusted Root . . . I saw these gentlemen live – invigorating, kick off your shoes performance.! Picture yourself running through a grassy field with the gentle breeze blowing.  That’s the kind of visual you’ll get from thisdifferent vibe.

“Ray of Light” by Madonna . . . Crank this one up!!  I heard this for the first time during my first morning in California 13 years ago!!  I fell in love with both instantly!!  (this one still sounds fabulous cranked up in the car too)

“Beautiful Day” by U2 . . . what better band for an Irish holiday?!  A beautiful song that always makes me smile.

“Coming Home” by Diddy with Skylar Grey . . . a good one as you come home to the finish of your hard workout.

“The Only Exception” by Paramore . . . the one song in the world I can actually sing decently, and it works wonders as a cool down.  Never underestimate the power of the slow song on the treadmill!!















February “Love” Cardio Playlist

January 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Cardio Playlists, Favorites

The search term “Valentine’s Cardio Playlist” is showing up fairly frequently in my StatPress, so it looks like it’s time to offer my latest playlist for the Love Day!!

1. “Love Today” by Mika . . . this song makes me want to hug everyone!!!


2. Heartbeat by Enriquie Iglesias . . . catchy tune . . . .

3.  “Stereo Love” by Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina . . . . a authentic beat to get you in the mood to run after what you want! (have to double click to watch on YouTube)

4.  “Viva La Vida” (Telemitry Remix) by Coldplay . . . I have seven versions of this song on my IPod.  Not a love song, but listening to this song reminds us how much we love life!!

5.  “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine . . . Let yourself flail around to this one!!  A medium beat to begin the last quarter of your workout.

6.  “She’s Got You High” by Mumm-ra . . . not your traditional love song, but the sing-song chorus will keep your feet in pattern on the pavement or platform.

7.  “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by Sting . . . Speaking of ‘not your traditional,’ Sting’s collaboration with the Royal Symphonic Orchestra is magical in itself.

8.  “Breathe Again” . . . I seem to be attracted to songs with the words ‘breath’ or ‘breathe’ in them.  I’m breathing again!

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