It’s All About the Playlist

Cathy Hamilton Health Guide
  • "My iPod is gone!" I cried as I frantically ransacked my desk drawers. "I can't exercise without it!" Panic ensued. I looked everywhere but came up empty. Finally, I gave up and forced myself to do 30 minutes on the treadmill, uphill all the way, with nothing but CNN to inspire me. It was the longest half hour of my life.


    It would be two days before my adult daughter, who lives in town but not under our roof, sauntered into my living room, saying "Here's your iPod, Mom. Thanks for letting me borrow it."


    (For the record, I DIDN'T let her borrow it but that's a blog for an empty nester's parenting site. Don't get me started!)

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    Music is an essential part of my workout. I desperately need that drumbeat and those guitar riffs in my head to inspire me to move. I've had an iPod for years and have mastered the art of designing workout playlists on iTunes. (Who says you can't teach a 51-year-old new tricks?)


    A well-crafted playlist can provide the perfect soundtrack for your warm-up, a full-out "She's a Maniac" cardio section, and your cool-down. I've got three work-out playlists on my iPod in various themes. Here's my "Baby Boomer British Invasion" list which gets me moving and nostalgic for my childhood in the 60's at the same time. What's on your workout playlist?


    All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks

    Baby, Now That I Found You by The Foundations

    Bus Stop by The Hollies Carrie-Anne by The Hollies

    Do Wah Diddy Diddy by Manfred Mann

    I Know A Place by Petula Clark

    I Only Want To Be With You by Dusty Springfield

    I'm A Man by The Spencer Davis Group

    You Really Got Me by The Kinks

    Love Potion Number Nine by The Searchers

    Tell Her No by The Zombies

    She's Not There by The Zombies

    Sunshine Superman by Donovan

    A Summer Song by Chad & Jeremy


    Meltdown update: I've managed to drop 2.4 pounds this week! Of course, after the unbridled free-for-all last weekend, any semblance of normal eating would've netted results. There's another party weekend ahead, however. (These holidays are murder!) Wish me luck...and willpower!

Published On: November 30, 2007