More observations on working out

This week I was able to get to the gym four days. When I work out I always take my IPod and either listen to my workout mixes (or other music), preachers or NPR’s Wait, Wait Do’t Tell Me (don’t make comments about NPR, FoxNews has nothing nearly as funny with the possible exception of Glen Beck who my Fox friends say is not suppose to be funny). After this week I have made the following discoveries:

1)      I burn the most calories listening to my workout mixes

2)      I burn the second most listening to Steve Brown etc.

3)      I burn the least listening to Wait, Wait largely because I occasionally have to stop the elliptical machine or the weights because I am laughing too hard (yea, Steve I laugh at you and the Merry Monk sometimes)

4)      Dizzy Up the Girl by the Goo Goo Dolls is a pretty good album for an entire workout.

Workout Playlist 2

No, you did not miss Workout Playlist 1, maybe I will post that sometime but thought I would post the songs on my current workout playlist.

This is how I look as I start

The songs reflect both my age and (I hope) my enjoyment of current music.

  1. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
  2. I’m A Man – Spencer Davis Group
  3. Kick Drum Heart – Avett Brothers
  4. Saturday in the Park – Chicago
  5. Handle with Care – Traveling Wilburys
  6. Gloria – Van Morrison
  7. Lawyers, Guns and Money – Warren Zevon
  8. Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers
  9. Keep Your Hands to Yourself – Georgia Satellites
  10. The Shores of Jordan – Iris DeMent
  11. 25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago
  12. Here in Angola – Al Stewart
  13. Whenever God Shines His Light – Van Morrison
  14. Longing in Their Hearts – Bonnie Raitt
  15. People See Through You – Bruce Cockburn
  16. Princess Olivia – Al Stewart
  17. The Wish – Bruce Springsteen
  18. One Way Out – Allman Brothers
  19. Viva La Vida – Coldplay
  20. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

This is how I feel when I get to Keep Your Hands to Yourself

I was basically looking for something that would have a quick enough beat to keep me in the cardiozone. Good timing on Whenever God Shines His Light, comes right at minute 40 where I enter my cool down for my 40 minutes on the elliptical and Cockburn’s People See Through chimes in right as I do my weights.

Of course needed music that I like as well as being good for the pace of my exercise. Punctuated by a couple of “inspirational” songs – Iris DeMent’s Shores of Jordan (because at this point of my workout I feel like I just may be getting ready to cross the Jordan!) and Van’s God Shines His Light. Start off with Werewolves to get going on a fast pace (Workout Playlist 1 starts with Start Me Up by the Stones).

You can probably figure out why I finish with one of Queen’s best known songs.

Debbie took this picture of me after my workout today