First of all, that’s not me obviously. In fact the description of this picture states that you shouldn’t hold on to the side rails on a treadmill. I don’t know why, I think they are there for you to hold on to in starting and in stopping the apparatus. Most treadmills have the bars you hold on to to monitor your heart rate. It’s like you are going on a fun-filled ride to nowhere. Okay, enough of this technical jargon.
Recently, I joined the local YMCA, and I would say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I started out going to Zumba classes with some co-workers, and I finally gave in and I joined up, because I love a treadmill. As of now, I’m only interested in cardio. Unfortunately, scheduling issues have limited my Zumba visits, but I intend to try and go back when I can. Like all the young kids today, I like to listen to music when I walk. If it were up to me, I would jump off the treadmill and do a dance break down when a good tune pops up, however, I have to maintain some silent and sweaty dignity.
I love shuffling my iPod, because it’s like a mini birthday present, it could be good or it could be disappointing. Most of time, I will skip a lot of songs because I like upbeat tunes when I walk. Yes, I know I can create a playlist just for these occasions, but I like a game of chance while walking 3.5 mph. Normally, when I begin, I see what song I left off with and today, it was good one, Scandal’s “The Warrior”, a song I love like one of my imaginary children, but it only had a few seconds left so I started fresh.
Okay, after a few skips, I started with…
Cher-“This is a Different Kind of Love Song” from her last album Living Proof. Cher’s new album will be released later this year and damnit, it better be good! It boasts collaborations with P!nk, Lady GaGa, Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters, and her Burlesque co-star Christina Aguliera. Cher just makes me smile, and if you don’t already follow her on Twitter, do it now stupid!
Prince-“When Doves Cry”, a classic and I rarely embrace the Purple One anymore. See? Nice surprise.
Now next, I rarely ever let a slow song ride, but today, I made one exception.
Celine Dion-“Where Does my Heart Beat Now” Ironic? I did skip “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” because I had to get the blood pumping again…
Scissor Sisters-“Fire With Fire” I have almost every SS album on my iPod; I will never understand why they can’t catch on with radio airplay and album sales. They are on my concert bucket list for sure.
I skipped a bunch after SS, including two more of their songs, but I love the next SS song that came up which is “Only the Horses” from their latest album Magic Hour. Next? I skipped more SS songs. I don’t know why my iPod lumps certain artists together.
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna-“We Found Love” Yep, finally a mainstream hit, and this is as aerobic as you can get.
After more skips, I landed on Adam Lambert-“Sleepwalker” What the hell happened to one of my favorite American Idol darlings? He’s still awesome, but he needs a tune and an album to jump start his career again. Next?
Cher-“Love and Understanding” HELL YES! MORE CHER! I love this one from her early 90s stuff. Was it a big hit? No, but true fans can appreciate it and its ridiculous dancer-laden video.
Missy Elliot feat. Ciara and Timbaland-“Lose Control” Here’s another artist I will never skip on my iPod. Her beats are the best and I wish she would make a big comeback, I miss her.
Glee Cast (Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison)-“Alone” I’m still mystified by the fact that FOX has ordered two more seasons of Glee. It just doesn’t have that spark that it had in the first season. My sister bought the first Glee album and I burned it the minute she opened it. I would play this Heart gem over and over. Chenoweth rules and I hope she guest-stars again in the future.
Yaz-“Situation” Ah, some 80s synth-pop. Surprise!
*Side note: There are TVs in the workout room and one of them was tuned into CMT. There were videos, then I noticed a movie was starting. I was praying for Footloose, but it was something even better. The ORIGINAL The Karate Kid. Don’t you feel grave disappointment when you see it’s on and it turns out to be that Jaden Smith/Jackie Chan bullshit? UGH!
Last but not least, t.A.T.u.-“All The Things She Said” This was my cool down song. Fake Russian lesbians, enough said.