It seems like everyone is talking about strength training these days, and that’s great, but what about good old fashioned cardio workouts? Whether you like walking, running, biking, dancing, or working out on a treadmill or an elliptical machine, cardio is an important component of a total fitness routine.
I’ve found that one of the best ways to increase endurance and make a workout more enjoyable, especially if you are not in the best shape to begin with, is to incorporate a fun playlist. Upbeat music that you enjoy and look forward to hearing can help motivate you to slip on your shoes and get moving. It can also help you keep moving when your body would much rather you just sit down and take a breather.
Everyone has their own favorites, but when it comes to a cardio playlist, one of my preferred genres is disco. Yes, disco! Disco music, with its pulsating beat and retro feel, provides a perfect steady rhythm for a brisk walking or jogging pace. Here are a few great tunes you might want to incorporate into your own playlist.
There’s a reason everyone gets up to dance when the DJ plays “Y.M.C.A.” at a wedding reception. Not too fast, and not too slow, this pounding disco anthem by the Village People is just the right speed for a warm up or to keep you on a steady pace in the middle of your workout.
The slightly up tempo beat of “Mamma Mia” by ABBA makes it a perfect selection for that moment when you want to add a little kick. Walking at its brisk pace will definitely raise your heart rate a notch.
Shake, Shake, Shake
I couldn’t put together a disco playlist without at least one selection from KC and the Sunshine Band. “Shake, Shake, Shake,” the mega hit with an imperative to shake your booty, is fun and motivational.
Leave it to the queen of disco, to toy with you right in the middle of your workout. Donna Summer begins “Last Dance” like a slow, romantic love song only, but you’ll get only a brief rest before launching into a fast paced disco party hit with an unrelenting beat.
Running out of steam, starting to wind down, you can keep going just a little bit longer if you listen to the BeeGees, and just aim to keep “Stayin’ Alive.” With a more relaxed pace, this song will keep you on pace while you catch your breath and get ready for another fast one.
I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor’s disco super hit, “I Will Survive,” will kick your workout right back into a higher groove. Push on, little dancing queen, you can do it.
You Sexy Thing
With a bit slower tempo, “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate may be just the song for a cool down. End your workout on a positive note with this affirmation that all your hard efforts are really paying off, you sexy thing.
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