Kez Gets Physical

Kez Gets Physical: My top 5 songs to work out to.

Welcome to my new series: Kez Gets Physical. Basically, it’s about my journey (aargh I used the word ‘journey’) to fitness and better health, as a slightly blobby, food loving lady, who is trying to lose that baby weight…from over 3 years ago (oops?). This isn’t about getting my pre-baby body back (she’s long gone and I’m OK with that), but about embracing an energetic, endorphin filled lifestyle. I look forward to enjoying a new body that is healthy and strong. technology-music-sound-things-large

Oh my gosh, you guys. I am so in love with my treadmill. I’ve had her for about 3 weeks and we’re getting along so well. I love the convenience. I don’t have to waste precious time travelling to a gym. I am close by should I be needed (parents are always on call at home – am I right?). And if I can be totally honest, she is the BEST excuse for me time I have ever had.

I get a bit of time to exercise after Mr Unprepared arrives home from work (and his own exercise time on his bike) on week days and I love getting a slightly longer work out in on weekends. Sometimes I am stoked to be catching up on TV shows (or bingeing on Netflix) while calling it exercise, but other times I just want to kick arse and move with gusto. I didn’t think it would motivate me enough to just listen to music (I get bored easily), but I think I’ve caught the bug!

I’ve brought my mix tape making self from the 90s back. That’s right. It’s a true talent. Now I’ve been working on a YouTube playlist. Gosh I’m so modern. I crank it on the iPad while I’m walk-jogging (but mostly fast walking) my butt off (literally). It’s the best of both worlds. Something I can watch (gotta bust that boredom) and something I can get moving to! I haven’t perfected it yet, but I have found some songs that really get me sweating. I think it’s all in the beat.

I’ve realised some things:

  • Songs that are amazing to exercise to are very similar to songs that I imagine people enjoy sexy time to.
  • There are a lot of ‘booty’ references. LOTS.
  • The songs I love to work out to are not necessarily songs I would like any other time in any other context. Weird.

Here are my current top 5…

Nicki Minaj – Anaconda

Holy crap, this video is not suitable for work or children!! At the risk of sounding old, were they this full on when I was young?? My husband sure copped an eyeful of Ms Minaj when he walked in on my last work out hahaha.

While this song will never be Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back (which it samples), it does get me moving! Maybe it’s all the weird whipping sound effects? OK, so now this has gotten weird…moving right along…

Will.I.Am featuring Justin Bieber – #ThatPower

I have this obsession with timing the thud of my feet on the treadmill, with the quick, heavy beat of the song. It kind of sounds the same. When I’m starting to feel tired, that need to walk perfectly to the beat really keeps me going!

Britney Spears – Work Bitch

When Britney tells you to work, you work. Even though she’s calling me a bitch. Which kills my inner feminist a little each time. BUT BRITNEY. She totally means it as a friend, right?

Destiny’s Child – Lose my breath

An oldie but a goodie. A typical example of a ‘sexy time’ song translating into a work out song. It’s kind of embarrassing but I like to pretend I’m Beyoncé marching into a dance battle (and a wind machine) on the treadmill. Hey, whatever works, right?

Timmy Trumpet and Savage – Freaks

This is so catchy. And the beat. People, if I stress nothing else to you, pick a good beat.

So now I hand it over to you guys! What music gets you moving? Do you like to listen to music while exercising? How do you stay motivated and interested?

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  • Huge fan of the Britney. I might suggest adding in some “She Wolf” to your repertoire as I’ve found that really gets me in the mood to workout.

  • Awesome picks chick – especially work bitch lol xx

  • Rock on Kez! I’ve forced myself onto the workout train as well the past months and it is only the mix-tape-iPod that gets me through it (I get bored of repetition really easily). For me, House of Pain’s “Jump” is a solid track to get me working hard and funky!

  • I’ve started walking/jogging and listen to my own mix tape of 90’s classics inbetween Miss Runkeeper telling me how long I’ve been exercising and how far I’ve gone. Love a good beat to walk/run in time to!

  • Oh my word Kez! I thought I was reading my thoughts there for a minute because SNAP!!! I’ve just fallen in love with my treadmill again! I looooove it. I find once the music is cranked I go longer than the planned 30 minute (couch to 5km) workout. I have Brittany on my playlist too. I love that line “you wanna look good in a bikini” – is that what she says? Makes me jiggle a little faster every time, haha! Have fun, I’ll check in again and see how you’re going 😉 xx

    • Haha that line gets me going too! Hilarious. For a second I actually believe I’ll look good in a bikini. Just for that second! So funny. Yes – check back in! We can be virtual work out buddies! x

  • Firstly, that is SO AWESOME that you have a treadmill, I would love one! Secondly, you’re so right about how work-out tunes aren’t necessarily what we’d bop along to any other time. I’m a big rock music fan but when I’m exercising? Give me Britney (*definitely* ‘Work, Bitch’ haha!), Gwen Stefani and Beyonce.

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