A good run needs good music that matches your varying mental and physical tempos, carries you through new landscapes, and in general, keeps you inspired to go-go-go. So we’ve put together a playlist of songs that range from freshly-released hip hop anthems to some 80’s prog rock, aka, music to address each level of your workout.
Here’s a rundown of what it’s like to take a jog inside Z Living’s headphones — and our strategic thinking behind the waves of tunes:
The Build Up
We've kick things off with the happy, upbeat and cheerful “Dance Apocalyptic” by Janelle Monae. It has fast-strumming strings, power female harmonies, and an energetic tone that will help you dive into the workout cheerful and enthusiastic.
This opening segment carries on with Nena’s “99 Luftballons” and the Talking Heads’ “Road to Nowhere,” both progressive power anthems that will keep you groovin' and excited for your workout.
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For Your Second Wind
Rounding the 10 minute, second mile phase of your run, you’ll need a little pick-me-up for that first wave of exhaustion. To jolt your senses, we’ve jumped from prog-rock into modern hip-hop with Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem.” This rousing and spirited ode to defiance will hit you with a new wave of energy for your second wind.
This is the heart of your run — where your legs go on autopilot — and you cruise for 10-15 minutes or a couple miles. We take it back here with classic hits from Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, The Supremes and other soul icons.
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The Cool Down
Whether you’re pushing yourself to a finish line, mile marker, or timed finish, the cool down phase of our soundtrack begins with a bit of inspiration in the form of Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Just imagine you’re one of the song’s star-crossed-lover vocalists, and your man or lady is waiting for you at the end of the course.
Once you’ve concluded the cardio, there are a couple chill-out songs for walking and stretching. Catch your breath to A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” and then stretch out, lay back and take a moment to appreciate your workout with “Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke.
Congratulations, you’ve done it!
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