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What's on my Workout Playlist!'s for real I have a super busy rest of the year and I'm not looking forward to the extra pounds that all my upcoming events will add to my waistline!  SO---I need to be proactive and hit the gym hard to hopefully, maintain the not-quite-ideal weight that I am at currently!

I don't know about you, but I always feel much more motivated to workout when I have some good jams playing in my ears!  My music is literally all over the place, but I'll give you a sneak peek at what's on my playlist!

1.  Britney Spears - I Wanna Go

I'm not ashamed to admit that I am a huge B-Spears fan!  I have a total Girl Crush on her---always have.  While the lyrics to this particular song are maybe morally questionable (to say the least) the beat is what gets my heart pumping and my legs moving.  I need something that's fast-paced and makes me want to move.  This song does it!  I may not sing along with all the words, but it does make me wanna go!

2.  Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey - The Middle

This song is relatively newer (released earlier this year) and it gets stuck in my head on a regular basis.  I love the chorus and I find myself singing it frequently; not that trying to negotiate with preschoolers has anything to do with that (why can't they just meet me in the middle!?)  Since this song seems to be on repeat in my head, I chose to put it on my workout mix.

3.  Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance

I channel the inner Dancing with the Stars dancer in me whenever I hear this song!  It makes me want to choregraph a dance for some reason.  Not that I have many choreography skills beyond simple jazz hands and side-steps from my Show Choir days, but that doesn't stop my mind from conjuring up near impossible dance moves to this song!  So, instead of dancing it out, I just put this song on and run those dance moves out!

4.  Eddie Money - Take Me Home Tonight

Let's do a throwback to this song!  It's great for karaoke and it's also great for a hard workout cool down.  It still has a good beat to it, so it helps to keep you going while slowly bringing that heart rate down just a bit.  Plus, trying to hit the high notes on the lyrics "be my little baby" while huffing and puffing can be a workout in itself!

5.  Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now

Ahh, Tiffany!  When I workout my hair is a hot mess---much like hair was in the 80's!  So, I embrace my frizzy 80's-ish hair and pretend like I'm running around on a makeshift shopping mall stage!  I mean, who didn't wish they were flipping their hair like Tiffany in the Ogden Mall!?  Plus, it motivates me to do some squats so that my backside won't look like I was always wearing denim jeans from the 80's!  Eeek!

6.  Lady Gaga - Just Dance

After about a mile, I can never seem to see straight, much like Lady G insinuates in her song from being in the club.  I am also usually wishing that I were drinking wine instead of running on a treadmill, but, the timelessness of this song's upbeat rhythm seems to keep me going when I just want to give up.  So, while it's 10 years old (ugh!) I'm still not sick of it and I keep it in my back pocket for workout motivation.

7.  Cascada - Everytime We Touch

I discovered Cascada back in my early 20's and I fell for German dance music from then on out.  I have very few friends who even know who this band is, let alone their discography, but, for those who do know---you get bonus points for sure.  If you have this song on your workout playlist, too, then I think we oughta become BFF's because we share a kindred spirit, for sure!  This song makes my heart super happy, takes me back to my early 20's when I had infinite energy, and I feel like I can fly through my workout!

8.  Enimem - Lose Yourself

If this song surprises you by being on my playlist, you're not totally alone as it even surprises me!  Back in high school (yes, I was still in high school when this song came out) this song was popular among all the "cool kids" and I'll admit it---I was kind of a "cool kid wannabe".  So, I listened to this song a lot.  And when I need a little extra push, then this song helps me get a bit riled up and I can get through even the most brutal arm presses (not really, but it kind of helps).

9.  Nelly - Just a Dream

This is one of my favorite Nelly songs and it propels me to feel like I'm running alongside Nelly's Mustang with the wind blowing in my hair among the clouds, feeling the mist from the ocean.  Well, at least, that's my dream while I listen to this song.  Sometimes we don't need a beat to help us get through a workout, but a distraction, and this song has a little of both for me.  A good beat and I can transfer myself into a dream world, which takes my mind off the fact that my lungs feel like I'm drowning in Nelly's dream ocean...

10.  Florida Georgia Line - Cruise

I'm almost ashamed to admit that I hadn't really heard this song or given a choice until just recently and it's been out for over six years!  That shows how much I listen to country, I guess, eh?  Well, that being said, it's quickly become a moving favorite and HJ and I rock our socks off to this song and when we hear it, we both stop whatever we're doing and have an impromptu dance party!  It's no wonder that when I hear it during my workout I get excited and want to just dance with my little HJ.  Instead of dancing, I just try to keep that heart rate up as if we were dancing!

Well, there you have it!  Do you have any other song recommendations?  I'd love to hear what songs you have on your workout playlist!  Drop a comment below or let's chat about it on Facebook!


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