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4 Motivational Playlists for Working Out or Working Hard

There’s no question that amazing music lifts you up and transcends your thoughts and emotions into a new place. Here are my favorite 4 motivational playlists found for free on Youtube and for the tech-savvy, free to convert to mp3 for your iPod/listening device (like this one). Enjoy!

Get psyched!

or view on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmVZT05ySfE
Good 30-40min mix of mostly rock tracks from the likes of rise against, breaking benjamin, and even eminem plus key movie soundtracks.

or view on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmfpHP5Upx8
one hour of dance tracks with powerful hits from avicii, david guetta, and more.

or view on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYZDKRQf4ZI
one hour of mixed electro/house hits.

or view on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZuH-TNeGYk
great opening speech “Pain is Temporary” by Eric Thomas followed by an hour of rock/rap mixes (such as: the game, 50 cent, hollywood undead, and body head bangerz)

have any favorites? Post the links in the comments! I love hearing new playlists for my work outs and for general GSD!

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Lose More Weight: Exercise in the Morning Before Breakfast

We’ve heard this before I’m sure, but it’s exciting to hear when new research confirms this. A recent study (Jan 2013) published in the online British Journal of Nutrition says that exercising on an empty stomach in the morning leads to more fat burn. Also, that this fasted-state exercising does not translate into more calories consumed later in the day!

The researchers discovered that those who had exercised in the morning did not consume additional calories or experience increased appetite during the day to compensate for their earlier activity.

They also found that those who had exercised in a fasted state burned almost 20% more fat compared to those who had consumed breakfast before their workout. This means that performing exercise on an empty stomach provides the most desirable outcome for fat loss.

I find personally that exercising in the morning is better because you get it over with first thing and before you have time to talk yourself out of it. By exercising in the morning you start your day with a healthy habit that spurs you to keep making more healthy habits the entire day — plus you feel GREAT afterwards.

I’m planning on joining Planet Fitness soon so that I can follow this advice and exercise in the morning, too.

Do you exercise in the morning?


Northumbria University (2013, January 24). Lose fat faster before breakfast. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from sciencedaily.com

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