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In my last post, I sang the the praises of listening to music while exercising:

First, because music distracts you, you are less likely to focus on the difficult work your body is doing. As a result, you are much more likely to have a longer workout. Another benefit of playing music during your workout is that the right kind of songs, the ones that offer an inspiring message (think “Eye of the Tiger” or “Walking on Sunshine”), can keep you in a positive mindset. Uplifting tunes can cause you to push harder during a workout by reducing your perceived exertion during the most challenging/exhausting/painful moments of your session.

So, lucky for us, the end result is less perceived pain and a longer workout. Dr. Costas Karageorghis of London’s Brunel University told TIME Magazine that listening to music while working out can improve endurance by close to 20 percent.

Karageorghis also explained how to choose the best workout music. You should choose a song that builds to the same beats per minute (BPM) as your target heart rate, with the target rate being somewhere between 120-140 BPM. 

I have put together a list of 6 pop and country songs that I think are perfect for working out. I hope they provide you with tons of inspiration and energy as you try to build a better you. 

“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s feel-good hit “Shake It Off” not only told off the haters of the world, it also completed the young singer’s metamorphosis from country darling to pop superstar. Keep that radical transformation in mind as you look to change your physical health and appearance. 

“Dancing in the Dark” – Bruce Springsteen

If you’ve ever spent your time on a treadmill imagining yourself in a music video, you’ve probably pictured a scenario similar to the video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” In it the Boss pulls out of the audience a young lady who is fortunate enough to join Bruce onstage. Couple the fantasy of such an experience with the song’s heightened sense of urgency (“I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face!”), and you have the ultimate workout song. 

“One Way or Another” – Blondie

Blondie’s “One Way or Another” is a catchy and energetic song that possesses the perfect amount of hook and attitude. Debbie Harry and her band of hip new wavers demonstrate the type of indomitable spirit and personal resolve that should inspire you to work out harder and longer. 

“Let Your Love Flow” – The Bellamy Brothers

The Bellamy Brothers may not have known it when they were writing it, but their hit “Let Your Love Flow” does wonders for the soul in need of a quick pick-me-up. With lyrics like these, how can you not feel inspired?

There’s a reason for the sunshine sky
And there’s a reason why I’m feelin’ so high
Must be the season when that love light shines
All around us

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen

What could possibly be more uplifting than Queen’s Freddie Mercury channeling the swagger of Elvis Presley? Well, that’s exactly what you get with Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” This is perhaps the most feel-good song on my list, as its infectious beat and rockabilly sound are sure to provide you with all the positive vibes you’ll need to make your way through even the most difficult workout. 

“Maniac” – Michael Sembello

Michael Sembello’s 1983 hit “Maniac” is an intense, synth-drenched kick in the pants from the hugely popular soundtrack to Flashdance. It is virtually impossible to listen to “Maniac” and not want to get off your behind and burn some calories. If you’re a fan of ’80s movies like I am, the sweet nostalgia of Flashdance and “Maniac” will only add to your enjoyment as you sweat to what is now, somehow, an oldie. 

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Don’t look under your couch for inspiration to clean. Check out this list of tunes that will definitely get you swiffing and sweeping.

In my last post, I stated that developing a positive attitude is the best way to get yourself motivated to dive into the now necessary task of Spring cleaning:

“A positive approach to life’s dirty and potentially depressing tasks rarely happens by accident. In order to have a positive and productive attitude, you must choose to do so. A handful of simple steps can ensure that you begin your cleaning activities in the proper mental state.” 

One extremely important ally in your battle to maintain a positive mindset while undertaking unpleasant tasks is music. The right music can provide hours of inspiration by altering your mental approach while revving up your heartbeat to accomplish the job at hand. Below are ten songs I highly recommend you listen to before and during your next attempt at Spring cleaning. Enjoy!

1. “Come On, Eileen” – Dexys Midnight Runners

Of course I need to place this song at the top of my list. The band is literally begging me, by name, to get moving! Luckily for me and my house, they always succeed.

2. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen

What else could get us sweepin’ and swishin’ like Freddie Mercury pretending to be Elvis? That is exactly what this song sounds like, and is a must for anyone needing inspiration to start cleaning.

3. “Listen to the Music” – The Doobie Brothers

This ’70s classic by The Doobie Brothers is the ultimate feel-good, sing-along tune. And when it’s time to clean, feeling good and singing along is a must!

4. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson

The King of Pop gave us the perfect cleaning inspiration when he wrote “Billie Jean.” The opening drum beat is infectious, and is the perfect way to get yourself moving. Thank you, Michael.

5. “Twist and Shout” – The Beatles

The unrestrained energy of this Beatles classic is pretty much the perfect motivator for spring cleaning. Plus, if John Lennon could sing until his voice gave out (it took him dozens of takes to nail the vocal on “Twist and Shout”), we can clean until we drop.

6. “Devil Went Down to Georgia” – Charlie Daniels Band

Few things can get you moving like an uptempo bluegrass tune that features a fiddle contest. This song was a 1979 hit for Charlie Daniels, and is guaranteed to be a hit for you as you shake off the winter blues.

7. “Jump” – Van Halen

This song contains perhaps the most recognizable lick on this list. The opening synth notes instantly add a pep to anyone’s step. Definitely blast “Jump” if you are dragging. It is guaranteed to get you in the proper cleaning gear.

8. “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina & The Waves

This 1983 hit is another feel-good classic that can be counted on to improve your attitude and add a much-needed bounce to your step as you are getting ready to clean.

9. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses

This is easily the most “rock” tune on my list. From Slash’s legendary guitar intro to Axl Rose’s screeching “Where do we go now?,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” not only works well in karaoke bars and super-sized stadiums – it also gets the job done in more intimate settings such as your living room, while you are preparing to vacuum.


10. “Start Me Up” – The Rolling Stones

I’m not sure what Mick and the boys had in mind when they wrote “Start Me Up,” but it might as well have been the need to get motivated for an early morning cleaning session. This iconic classic is perfect to sing along to during the very beginning stages of your Spring cleaning.

So there you have them. These are some of my favorite songs to blast when I need a boost of energy. What tunes do you recommend for getting mentally and physically prepared to take on Spring cleaning?

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