Sometimes I feel like I have different music tastes than the rest of the fitness blogging community. Bloggers often post their most recent workout playlist as an inspiration to others, and I'm so out of tune with what's on the radio that I rarely know what songs they are referencing (I do, however, know and love Gangnam Style , thankyouverymuch).
Back when I hosted #Fitblog Chats , we talked about the link between music and fitness, and it seemed like just about everyone relied on their tunes to get pumped to work out. "A study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports found that increasing music tempo by 10 percent, participating exercises went further, faster and stronger" ( Self Magazine, November 2011 ).
I do have my guilty pleasures (as I wrote about in one of my first posts), but I recently had an epiphany: when you love, and I mean truly ADORE, the music you're listening to while working out (and especially while running), you can push through long runs and tough workouts without concentrating as much on your agony. I haven't bothered with my old workout playlist in a few weeks, since Mike and I recently received our preorder of Ben Folds Five's The Sound of the Life of the Mind.
I could probably write an entire post about how wonderful this album is, and curate an entire blog on my love for the music of Ben Folds (and the Five). Instead, in honor of the album release, I decided I'd share some of my favorite "alternative" music that often makes it onto my workout playlists; if it inspires you and gets you up that hill, I've done my job.