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#140Wednesdays: What’s Your Summer Workout Song to Keep You Motivated?

Written on June 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm , by

What tune helps you get-up-and-go? (Photo courtesy of Sarah Kehoe)

Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern

It’s hot, you’re sweaty and you feel like if you run one more step, you just might pass out on the asphalt. But all of a sudden, that song comes up on your iPod that propels you through the rest of your workout. Whether it’s the fast paced beat or the uplifting lyrics, many of us feel empowered by a special song when we’re in the zone. So what song pumps you up the most? We asked our Twitter followers to share their summer workout anthem with us to stay motivated, no matter how hot it’s getting!

 @she_is_geeky: “My Body,” Young the Giant

 @erinmoorman: My workout song is “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO.

@renea_shirey: “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever),” will.i.am. I play this the last mile of my runs to finish strong.

@MsHealthyWife: “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction. I can’t help but #MOVE when I hear it!

@LiterallyHanna: “Titanium,” @davidguetta. Fire away, Fire awayy!

@happigolovely: “Where Have You Been,” Rihanna. It keeps me amped up!

 @CaressaCrawford: “Call Me, Maybe,” Carly Rae Jensen

 @onebabs1: “Till I Collapse,” Eminem and “Go Get It (Your Blessing),” Mary Mary

Now tell us: What summer song keeps your motivated when you work out?

Music Monday: Your National Running Day Playlist (And a Big Race Discount!)

Written on June 4, 2012 at 9:15 am , by

Join runners in a town near you to test your limits. (Image courtesy of Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Series)

You know that running is a great way to get an endorphin rush, enjoy the amazing summer weather we’ve been having, and bonus: it burns calories and strengthens your heart and legs. In case you needed one more push to hit the road, this Wednesday is National Running Day! (Click here for 10 fun ways to celebrate.)

To keep you motivated during all your runs this week, check out Pandora’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Mixed Tape channels. Whether you run an 8-minute, 10-minute or 12-minute mile, you’ll have plenty of continuously changing songs that will keep you on pace to ace your race.

Here are 10 songs that have the perfect beats per minute for all of the 10-minute milers:

You can also mark the holiday by scoring an exclusive $20 discount to any Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series event* when you sign up on Wednesday, June 6. Follow this link to put your next race on your calendar!

*Excludes Las Vegas, MiniMarathons, closed events and ING KiDS Rock. Ten dollar discount for the New York 10K and Carlsbad 5000. International event discounts vary.

Now tell us: What is your next fitness goal? Do you have any races or challenges lined up for summer?

Fit Links: The Benefits of Busting Your Workout Rut and a Top Stress-Less Secret

Written on June 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm , by

If you always jog for exercise, try yoga or strength training. You may learn something about yourself! (Photo by Denise Crew)

This week’s fit links from around the web:

Music Monday: Heat Up Your Summer With Celeb Trainer Lacey Stone’s Playlist Picks

Written on May 21, 2012 at 11:02 am , by

Summer sun + these awesome tunes = guaranteed smiles! (Photo by Cheyenne Ellis)

Lacey Stone has shared her fit tips on The Dr. Oz Show, MTV’s MADE and Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels, and Hollywood all-stars like Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, Amanda Peet and America Ferrera have shaped up fast with her help. We were lucky enough to join celebrity trainer Lacey Stone at a recent KiwiSweat cycling class and found her intensity infectious.

A big driver behind all of that fire? Her killer playlist! We asked Stone to share her favorite songs for summer so you can channel that energy in your workouts too.

 Now tell us: What songs are on your summer playlist?

Smash Star Katharine McPhee’s Go-To Shapers

Written on May 15, 2012 at 11:42 am , by

Katharine McPhee's sexy stems are due to lots of lunges. And dancing, of course! (Photo courtesy Getty Images)

Last night’s Smash finale had viewers on the edge of their seats waiting to see who would finally be crowned Marilyn. Don’t worry if it’s still on your DVR, we’re not giving any spoilers! While we were anxious to see how the performance would play out, Katharine McPhee is already focusing on her next performance in the Big Apple with her partnership with Tide to kick off the Olympic Games. We caught up with the star to hear about the campaign and snag a few fitness tips of hers.

Tell us about the partnership you’re doing with Tide for the Olympics!

To gear up for the Games, Tide is launching a project called My Story. Our Flag. We are asking people to go to the Tide Facebook page to share their personal stories of what the flag means to them. On July 3 I’ll be performing in Bryant Park to unveil a huge artistic rendition of the American flag. The stories that people have shared will be printed on swatches of fabric that will be sewn together to make the flag.

Like the Olympic hopefuls, the road to landing your dream career came with a lot of hard work. What’s one piece of advice you would tell someone with huge goals to help them stay motivated?

I have always loved the Olympics, and I was actually a competitive swimmer in middle school and high school. I remember how grueling the training was then, which is nothing compared to how these athletes train. Being an actress and a singer I understand how important it is to take care of your body. My advice would be to practice persistence and lots of discipline, much like these athletes do.

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Music Monday: Catchy Country Playlist

Written on April 23, 2012 at 9:49 am , by

Country music is definitely having a moment. From Taylor Swift winning big at the Grammys to the ever-present “Red Solo Cup,” fans are dancing in their cowboy boots—or sneakers! So we asked the folks organizing the music for this weekend’s St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville to share a playlist of greatest hits. Download the following songs to get a taste of some of the 50 artists who will be performing at the event, as well as the music that will pump up the runners (including our own editorial assistant Samantha, who’s tackling the half!).

Participants will jam to these tunes during Sunday's race. (Photo courtesy of St. Jude Research Hospital)

Now tell us: What genre of music pumps you up the most during your workouts?

Music Monday: The Push Your Pace Playlist

Written on April 16, 2012 at 11:13 am , by

These tunes will help propel you to the finish line. (Photo by John Herr)

Yesterday in Central Park, nearly 10,000 women laced up their sneakers for the MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon. The weather was wonderful and the cheering crowds were inspiring, but sometimes you need just a little additional help to push you through those last challenging few miles. Download these songs, which helped us pick up the pace during the last stretch of the race, and add them to your next workout playlist! Nothing feels better than finishing strong.

Now tell us: What motivates you to give it your all at the end of a workout?

Music Monday: Soffe’s Spring Tone-It-Up Playlist

Written on April 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm , by

With spring in full swing, its time to get serious about toning up for summer—only 11 weeks to go! Our friends over at Soffe have created an awesome playlist to get you in the mood to hit the weights, ride your bike, or even take an afternoon jog around the block. So throw on your brightest workout clothes (we like these shorts paired with this top), your funkiest sneakers, and get your workout on!

Tone it up this spring in Soffe! (Photo courtesy of Soffe)

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Music Monday: Party Like It’s Your Birthday Playlist!

Written on March 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm , by

My sweat-tastic best friends and I!

Last week I had my birthday bash at my home away from home, SoulCycle—let’s just say I’m totally embracing the new party workout trend that’s taking place all over Manhattan (check it out HERE!). When fitness and working out is your lifestyle like it is mine, sitting bar side at your fave restaurant just doesn’t do it anymore—plus how many times can we do the same thing year after year? That’s why front row seats at my favorite Danny Kopel Thursday evening class was a must-do to celebrate none other than the day I was born. Tap backs, push-ups and a little choreography mixed into it, having my birthday party at SoulCycle was sort of like a no-brainer. When a spinning studio IS the party, that’s where I want to be.

My good friend and FITNESS Half-Marathon blogger, Olivia Ward, jazzed up my spinning bike!

Instead of downing an insane amount of cocktail calories, my best friends and I sweated out hundreds each—and we had just as much fun doing it too. (This class was extra special indeed as we were also celebrating the birthday of late Clare Veronica Walsh, a SoulCycle instructor and friend who passed away late last year. We miss you!)

Party workouts are here to stay and if your class or favorite studio doesn’t put on the show, bring your friends, wear a tiara and sweat your birthday away with your favorite people anyway!

Check out this awesome playlist from SoulCycle instructor, Danny Kopel.

Music Monday: Feeling Lucky

Written on March 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm , by

We can't see the pot of gold at the end, but the view during this hike sure is nice! (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

St. Patrick’s Day is in less than one week, and we’re feeling lucky to have an early dose of spring weather. Perfect to enjoy during outdoor workouts (maybe even after work with the extra evening light?)! In honor of the holiday coming up this weekend, we’re listening to these rocking tracks performed by Irish bands or related to the 17th.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Now tell us: What is making you feel the grateful and lucky today?