I’m running on the treadmill (no incline, may I add) and listening to Sigma’s- “Nobody To Love”. I think I’m gasping for air, for the most part, so I turn up the volume to save myself from having to hear my lack of breath tell me that my stamina needs some igniting.
I tell myself to suck it, and continue blasting my ears to drown out the sounds of my own making.
I’m getting the hang of it.
Right foot. Left foot. Right foot. Left foot.
Suddenly, it feels easier than it was 2 minutes ago.
Faster. Faster. Faster.
“Almost there. 10 minutes to go Ishika. You are invincible,” I tell myself encouragingly.
Suddenly, to my dismay, Sam Smith makes an unexpected visit.
“Oh, won’t you stayyyyyyhh with me? Cause you’re aawllllllll I need.”
Don’t get me wrong I do like Sam Smith. I like his British accent, his acceptance speech at the Grammy’s and his single-“Stay With Me.” So yes, I like Sam Smith, just not while running.
In my esteemed musical opinion, he/his music belongs only in my shower. (Also welcomed when I’m dancing with my boyfriend the night before we have to go back to our long-distance reality)
I am disappointed with my shuffle. I expected more.
I get off the treadmill with 9.4 minutes on the clock.
“Tomorrow is a new day Ishika. Show em who’s boss”. I think by ‘em’, I meant ‘myself’.
I have a three-egg-white omelet for dinner, hoping that the extra protein would compensate for the lack of exercise.
After a productive reflection session, that my omelet lay witness to, I came to the realization that if my iTunes’ shuffle really wanted to shuffle, I should feed it a more apt playlist.
I stay up late devising the perfect 10-song workout playlist.
The next day, I put on my new Puma shoes and I run. I even sorta soar.
Let me just say that I showed em who’s boss.
Note: On my cardio days I usually do some *fancy fitness word alert* HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and start with the effective Treadmill Blast: 30 seconds of sprinting, 30 seconds of recovery (walking) * 10 times * 2 sets.
I’m fairly normal and since you’re reading this I assume you are too; so with that hypothesis in place, I conclude that since this playlist works for me, it will work for you too.
1. Queen Bee always takes the #1 spot! Warm up with Beyonce’s, “711.”
2. Warning: this one’s addictive. Clean Bandit, “Rather Be.”
3. Get cardio-ing with my favourite-favourite-favourite Sigma, “Nobody To Love.”
4. You can play this 12 year old ‘classic’, R. Kelly, “Ignition (Remix)”, everyday till the end of the world, and it still wouldn’t get old.
“This is the Remix to Ignition, hot and fresh out the kitchen..” I know you want to sing along! Do it!
5. This 1986 jam, Salt-N-Pepa’s, “Push It”, was one of the first rap records to top the dance charts.
6. Take the 3 most popular mainstream female artists and put them together and *Bang Bang* is literally what you get. Straight up fun-energetic-pop-dance is what Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj have created.
7. I was choosing between Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” & “Valerie”, and then I thought this playlist absolutely had to have some Amy Winehouse. So, there it is Mark Ronson feat Amy Winehouse, “Valerie.”
8. You can’t not dance to this song! Turn up the music to Meghan Trainor’s, “All About That Bass.”
9. Can it get any better than Mr Probz, “Waves” (Robin Schulz Remix Radio Edit)?
10. At this point, you’re probably cooling down with feel-good soul-stretches. The perfect end to your new workout playlist has to be Klingande’s, “Jubel.”
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