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Music Monday: Love Songs That Will Make You Want to Dance

Written on February 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm , by

Kisses are sweet, but so is a new playlist! Load this one up for the one you love. (Photo by Peter Ardito)

With the most lovable of all holidays just over one week away, you’re probably already getting bored with the traditional love songs. We have just the fix: A fun, upbeat playlist with all the same sentiments, but with way more fun beats! Whether you use this as a soundtrack for your next gym workout or as background music for your Valentine’s Day dance party, these 10 songs—both classic and contemporary—will get your heart pumping a bit faster.

 Now tell us: What’s your favorite love song?

Music Monday: Your Super Bowl Playlist

Written on January 30, 2012 at 10:02 am , by

Don't let the players have all the fun. Take your own team outside for a pickup game! (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

No matter what team you’re rooting for (or even if you’re not a fan of football at all) you can find inspiration from the amazing athletes who will hit the field this Sunday. In the meantime, get motivated during your own active endeavors by these classic tunes from Super Bowl halftime performers past and present! Then hit repeat and use these tunes as a soundtrack for backyard touch football games and tailgating this weekend.

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Music Monday: Your Spring Break Playlist

Written on January 23, 2012 at 9:47 am , by

Channel a beachy attitude with these songs. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

With the cold, wintry weather we had over the weekend in the northeast, spring seems very far off. But you can channel a little spring break flavor in the gym with this playlist from music producer Emilio Estefan (who also happens to be married to Gloria)!

Estefan should know what motivates those in the fitness world—he is also an executive producer for Univision’s weight-loss reality show Dale Con Ganas that we told you about last month. Download his 11 picks to feel like your island hopping even when it’s below zero.

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Music Monday: Ringin’ in the New Year

Written on January 2, 2012 at 11:03 am , by

Written by Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern

Toast to a fresh start! (Photo by Antoine Verglas)

Kick-start 2012 with a soundtrack that will celebrate the old and pump you up for all the new this year has to offer. After all of those holiday cookies and cocktails, who doesn’t need a little “fitspiration” to get started on the right foot? Here’s to another happy and healthy new year!

Bonus track (just for fun!): “Kiss Me at Midnight,” *NSYNC

Now tell us: How are you celebrating the beginning of 2012?

Music Monday: 2012 Grammy Nominee Playlist

Written on December 5, 2011 at 10:13 am , by

Now hear this! These Grammy-worthy tunes pack some powerful beats. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

You may have missed it due to playing post-Thanksgiving catch-up (not to mention squeezing in workouts, holiday shopping and more!), but the 2012 Grammy nominees were announced last Wednesday evening. To honor the best of the best from this year’s music scene before the big awards show on February 12, download these tracks—from a wide variety of music genres—that are perfect for your workout playlist.

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Now tell us: Who do you think most deserves a Grammy this year?

Music Monday: Coldplay’s Best Workout Tunes

Written on November 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm , by

Time will fly during your workout with these awesome tunes! (Photo by Dorit Thies)

They may have broken into the U.S. music scene with mellow tracks like “Yellow,” but as Coldplay has progressed, they have released more and more rocking, workout-friendly anthems. After seeing them perform on Saturday Night Live this weekend, I couldn’t help but download their new album. I subsequently played it on repeat for most of the day yesterday while I deep-cleaned my apartment. Hey, that’s a workout, right?

Here are nine songs from the band that will make great additions to your workout music library:

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Music Monday: Better After Breakup

Written on November 7, 2011 at 10:23 am , by

So it wasn't "happily ever after." Ditch the doldrums with these tunes! (Photo by Jeff Harris)

After Kim Kardashian announced her impending divorce last week, the nation has been talking a lot about breakups. While we can’t all relate to a “two-night event” TV special for our wedding or a 20.5-carat engagement ring, nearly all of us have experienced a rough breakup at one time or another!

One thing that’s sure to make us feel a bit better during tough times? Hitting the gym to sweat out stress! So here are our top 10 empowering workout songs, all by strong females, to put you in the mood to get moving.

Now tell us: What helps you feel more like yourself again after a breakup?

More from FITNESS: These celebs tasted sweet revenge by getting their best body ever after their relationships ended! See how they did it.

LAST CALL: Marathon Monday Playlist!

Written on October 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm , by

This is it! Last week before my very first marathon. I’m a bunch of nerves, butterflies and excitement right now—besides wanting to make it through the 26.2 miles, I’m pumped up to see the crowds, run through the boroughs and be part of this “marathon club.” I’m totally psyched and can’t wait to do this! I’ve got our last marathon playlist here for you (we’re in such a tune-filled mood, we couldn’t help but share two lists today), with favorite songs from the FITNESS editors and many of our friends. We’ve clearly got a crush on Eminem and Kanye!

To anyone running the streets of New York City on Sunday, good luck and look for me out there! (Follow me on Twitter @FITNESSjenna to get updates about my experience.)

These songs will help power you across any finish line! (Photo by John Herr)

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Music Monday: Your Total-Body Tune-Up Workout Playlist

Written on October 17, 2011 at 11:52 am , by

Trainer Amanda Russell says these tunes can help amp up your exercise routine. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Russell)

This summer, I got the chance to try trainer Amanda Russell’s AR Program at Hudson River Park. Her group workout was a mix of plyometrics and strength exercises, and combined with Amanda’s motivating cues, the one-hour session got my energy up and my muscles working full time!

Pump up your own workout this week with Amanda’s picks for motivating tunes to move to.

Don’t forget to check out Amanda’s YouTube channel for motivating videos and tips!

Music Monday: Confidence-Boosting Playlist

Written on October 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm , by

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Download this playlist and let's go! (Photo by Karen Pearson)

Sometimes you need more than a good beat to push you through a workout…or to get you started on any workout at all. The songs below never fail to boost my mood and have helped me pick up the pace on runs:

Tell us: Which songs are your go-to mood boosters?