Being something of an obsessive exerciser (I’ve run six mornings a week for the past two years now), I’ve learned over the years that the toughest time to stay motivated and keep in shape is during the Thanksgiving/Christmas parts of the year. The combination of colder weather, family gatherings, home-cooked meals and endless amounts of pie and cookies invites us to let our guard down and loosen the old belt a few notches for the winter months. Seeing as we’ve just finished Thanksgiving and are now on the home stretch to Christmas, I thought I’d let you in on three of my favorite workout jams that always inspire me to run my hardest. Hopefully they can do the same for you.
1. “Scream” – The Design
Fans of NBC’s The Voice will likely recognize this, ahem, voice. This season’s lone rocker Kat Robichaud may not be in the competition anymore but she recently revealed that she has already recorded two previous albums with her band The Design. The album opener for their sophomore effort Young America, “Scream” is a three-minute blast of energy, mixing some classic ‘70s-influenced rock n’ roll with Robichaud’s deep, powerful, Amanda Palmer-inspired vocals and promising “a good time” and that they’ll “get you laid”. A perfect opening song to get the blood pumping.
2. “The Fire” – Tonight Alive
Coming off the Australian pop-rockers’ newest album The Other Side, “The Fire” is one of the most punk-infused tunes the band has ever done. With driving drums, soaring guitar melodies and Jenna McDougall belting the chorus “I feel like I died and went to heaven/I think I could fly/I’ll take you with me”, this song has become an immediate staple at live shows and is a perfect addition to any workout playlist.
3. “Viking Death March” – Billy Talent
You know those times when you’re running that last mile and you’re desperate for that one song that can give you a second wind and make you feel like running twice your normal distance? Look no further than “Viking Death March”. A politically-charged song from Canada’s favorite punk-rock pioneers, it’s a four-minute assault on the powers-that-be and a call-to-arms to us listeners to be the change that we long for so badly. It’s angry, it’s catchy, it’s motivating, and it’s just bloody fantastic.