Music moves us like the shifty weather through the dynamics of life and the right song can shape our day like magic mood medicine. Here are some select songs that can turn one’s early morning staring at the ceiling exercise into highly motivated, extended workout sessions or a stumble to the coffeeshop into an empowering trail running adventure guided by tempo and melodies.
While these select tunes do all share upbeat elements, their varying tempos and styles compliment a range of motivational tendencies from Sea Wolf’s You’re A Wolf setting the beat perfectly for cardio moves like jumping jacks to Icona Pop’s All Night dance beat giving you that extra pulse of confidence to charge an uphill run. However, this collection of tunes, which runs about 40 minutes, would not be complete without the fascinating journey of pumping the Broken Bells’ extremely motivating, dynamically effective song Perfect World through your earbuds.
I highly recommend downloading these songs for fitness motivation and in general as good vibrations for your soul, but really what I want to know is, what songs are on your fitness playlists?
I am hollow,
a silence still not yet filled with sounds or sights
just a running blur or a smiling champ to greet the day.
the uncharted hours expand the day’s lungs with crisp air
while the kick drum of my running shoes on the forest trail set the beat for a sprint in the park
then fountain and creek
breeze and birds,
the simple symphony awakens.
thoughts come and go like leaves riding the creek water
some falling into hollow pockets with a bubbling voice
trapped and swirled in the puddling pools before they drop down the next cascade
and soon my own hollowness is inhabited with a memory so thick it coats my heart like fresh paint:
when I was a kid
during the fall, in New England
when leaves swirled around in the air
time would slow down like I was dropped inside a snow globe
or sealed in a strong and secure sound envelope
where I would play, quite seriously, a game
where I would try to catch a falling leaf before it reached the ground,
if I caught the leaf it was good luck,
I would celebrate this victory like I won an Olympic event
and howl at the sky.
so on this morning’s familiar trail run
my empty boat of a heart starts to rock on the waves of this memory,
I hear a shift in my hollow breath
I feel the morning air hint at the familiar scent and temperature of fall’s arrival
and time slows the sound against the tempo of my racing heart,
suddenly a large yellow leaf falls in front of me and wraps around my face like a feisty starfish,
I stop in my tracks
I remove the leaf from my face
tears flood my eyes like the creek’s puddling pools backed up with late summer fallen leaves,
I take in my surroundings through a kaleidoscope of teardrop lenses
first to see if anyone witnessed the leaf attack,
no, I was alone,
secondly, to catch my breath
marveling at the fact that I am standing under a memorable tree,
standing in a memory
sparks shot through my body.
two months prior to this moment
I sat under this tree with you
feeling grateful to be in your presence
a big yellow leaf fell towards us,
I picked it up and twirled it in my hands
we smiled and talked and then
I have carried that moment with me through the months of being without you
it is a memory that shines in the hollow’s shadows
the memory stops me in my tracks like a big yellow leaf in the face
now, as I collapse below the tree, I imagine you there with me
as the salty sting of sweat and tears mix
these memories collide
as I clear my eyes and look up into the hollowed out crest
I mutter thanks and help me to the tree
in the silent core
I see an owl shutter its’ feathers
turn a dreamy eye toward me
then tuck its’ head back in.
It is then when I hear the sound to fill my hollow day like a radio wave
from the tree I receive the medicine code
the owl makes it clear:
you can trust discovering these moments,
the sounds that echo in hollow places,
like you trust the changes in the seasons
after all, the owl had seen it all:
the leaf + the smiles
a trail runner fascinated with what love sounds like,
another leaf + the memory pools
and the ever forward motions to reside in gratitude for the creative way it all comes together.