New Year’s Resolution time has come and gone—if you haven’t kept your promise to yourself to get fit in 2016, there’s still plenty of time to get back on the workout wagon. All you need to get yourself moving is the right shoe, and the right music. ASICS has you covered on the shoe front, with great running shoes fit for the trail and the track, and we’ll help with the rest by bringing you some hot jams to get your blood pumping even when it’s cold outside.
For guys and gals, the ASICS GEL-Venture 5 is an all-terrain running shoe that gives you the performance and fit you need for outdoor running, no matter the condition. Featuring breathable textile lining that keeps your feet from getting too sweaty and a removable foam cushioned insole for plenty of comfort, the ASICS GEL-Venture 5 is great whether you’re running on the road or off with its trail-specific, durable traction rubber outsole.
The kids can run along in the Pre Contend 3 running shoe from ASICS, featuring a rearfoot GEL® cushioning system, shock absorbing midsole, and a mesh and synthetic upper that gives little feet the fit they need.
Now that your feet are covered, on to your ears. Here are a few of our favorite workout songs that take your mind off the hard work and get you in the right workout state of mind.
All songs available for streaming on Spotify:
- “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project
- “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
- “Pump it Up” by Elvis Costello
- “Huddle Formation” by the Go! Team
- “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
- “Runnin’ With the Devil” by Van Halen
- “C’mon, C’mon” by the Von Bondies
- “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes
- “The Distance” by Cake
- “45:33” by LCD Soundsystem
You may not recognize “Sirius” by name, but you’ll surely know it when you hear it, especially if you’re a basketball fan. This Alan Parsons Project song is now probably most well known as the introduction music for the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, when Michael Jordan ruled the sports world, and is a great first song to get you pumped up for the workout ahead.
“Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,” an early Michael Jackson hit, features a steady groove that works perfectly as you get your run underway, allowing you to set a relaxed but consistent pace. You’ll be ready to speed it up when Elvis Costello’s new wave hit “Pump it Up” kicks into gear, and the Go! Team’s “Huddle Formation” sounds like a punk rock cheerleading squad urging you on to further victory.
For when the workouts get tough, Rocky III’s signature tune, Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” will keep you going. Van Halen’s rocking “Runnin’ With the Devil” spurs you on further, and when you think you can go no more, the Von Bondies urge you to “C’mon, C’mon.”
Probably the biggest rock song of the 2000s has turned into a worldwide jock jam. “Seven Nation Army” can be heard from your earbuds all the way to soccer stadiums across the Americas and Europe. When that beat kicks in, you’ll know you’re in the home stretch. Finally, Cake helps you go “The Distance” to finish off your workout.
For advanced runners, our final song, “45:33” by LCD Soundsystem, is a great soundtrack for the entirety of your run. Commissioned by Nike as a workout soundtrack, this song, over its 45 minute, 33 second runtime (clever name, huh?) takes you from warm up to hitting it hard to cooling down.
Check out our playlist in Spotify here.
We hope you like our playlist…feel free to suggest some of your favorite workout tracks in the comments below, and happy running!