Every now and then, I get motivated to do some jogging, which I loathe. It’s no surprise that it’s usually in the spring, when it’s time to end my long months of hiding from the cold.
Before I think about anything physical, though, my first step is always the same. I pore through my music and make a new playlist, and only then am I ready for the C25K program. If you’ve never tried it, it really works. It alternates short segments of walking and jogging to take you from the couch to a 5K in nine weeks, or more if needed; there’s no rush.
The last time I tried it, though, I decided to leave the stopwatch at home and play a little musical roulette. I set my iPod on shuffle and jogged the length of one song, then walked the length of the next. Somewhere deep in my iPod, I had the ridiculous 17-minute-long “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” Thankfully, that didn’t come up during an early jogging turn, or it would have been back to the couch for me.
Here are five great songs that are great to get you going.
1. “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by the 13th Floor Elevators
I first heard this song from the quintessential mixtape movie, High Fidelity. It’s impossible to walk to it if you find yourself out on the road in a pair of sneakers.
2. “Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop
This song, featured in the opening scene of Trainspotting, can make even heroin addicts in Scotland inspirational: “Choose life.”
3. “Don’t Do It” by the Band
This song, by one of my favorite bands in one of my favorite movies, was the encore of their last show, but it opened the film “The Last Waltz.”
Rick Danko: “The object is to keep your balls on the table and knock everybody else’s off.”
That they did.
4. “When You Get Back” by Jon Cleary
Despite this song’s decidedly more laid back groove, it always gets me going. And I want to cha-cha all night long.
5. “Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring” by Traffic
Who knows what tomorrow may bring? We’d better get out there today.
Check out some more great motivational songs at Twisted Mixtape.
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