It’s no secret that I’m not exactly in love with running these days but sometimes it’s my last resort for a good workout. Like on weekends when all of my regular Les Mills teachers are at Can Fit Pro.
That’s the situation I found myself in on Sunday and, honestly, I probably would’ve skipped my run had it not been for Songza.
Songza is a free iPhone app that lets you pick streaming playlists based on the time of day and activity you’re doing – for example, working out, relaxing at home, driving, getting ready to go out, etc.
Music is a big motivator for me when I’m working out (I think that’s why I love Les Mills classes so much – the music is such a big part of the workout) so I was actually excited to go for a run and check out some of the playlists. Some of my favourites so far: “Feeling Good in the 90s,” “Buns of Steel Workout” and “90210 Slumber Party” (can you take a wild guess as to which decade I grew up in?).
Having all of these songs I hadn’t heard in years (think Hanson, Savage Garden, OMC, The Gin Blossoms, C+C Music Factory, Color Me Badd) pop up during my run made the whole thing really fun. Instead of fixating on how much longer I had to go, I was pumped up to hear the next long lost 90s gem Songza would throw my way. In fact, I’d say the unpredictability of it is what makes it such an awesome app.
Definitely check out this app next time you’re in a workout playlist rut.
What are your favourite sources for new workout music?