There’s one thing I absolutely can’t and will not do: exercise without listening to music. It’s drudgery. Aside from when I’m on a walk or a hike, I need my favorite tunes to motivate me to lift those weights, ride that elliptical, or row that rower. I know I’m not alone and there’s research to back it up.

Listening to music during a workout helps you keep pace, makes you move faster, and offers a distraction, making us less aware of our exertion. Music also gives you a positive, feel-good vibe and makes you want to move. It’s the proverbial fire under your butt, the spring in your step.

I use the Spotify app during workouts and love the portability of the platform. That said, I’m convinced the workout playlists are created by 20-somethings who have never had the pleasure of doing calisthenics to ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man. (If you’re unfamiliar with Spotify, it’s super easy. Pocket-lint provides a great overview.)

So, I created North of 52’s first playlist entitled Get Moving. It’s a collection of faster-beat songs from the 1970s and 80s that are great throwbacks to a time with awesome music from rock to disco. During your workouts, it’s also entertaining to see if you can name the song title and band.

Enjoy, and remember: motion is lotion and devotion is potion!

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