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Good morning WHEEbles. Since there wasn't a diary scheduled this morning, I thought I would jump in with an open thread on the music that keeps us moving. This is a partly selfish endeavor because I could use some suggestions for new workout music.

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I visit WHEE for encouragement and support for maintaining some level of exercise. I feel better when I exercise, but it's still tempting to skip it when things get busy or stressful.

In addition to the support I get here, I rely on music to keep me moving. I find I can go longer, further and faster with the right music blasting at me.

I am in my mid-50s, with a wide range of music experience to choose from, so the mix of songs I walk and run to can be kindly described as eclectic. Here is a sample of what's on my MP3 player:

I only want to be with you - Dusty Springfield
I would walk 500 miles - The Proclaimers
Single ladies - Beyonce
Walking on sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
Handle me with care - Traveling Wilburys
Say hey/I love you - Michael Franti
Smooth - Santana
My life would suck without you - Kelly Clarkson
We belong - Pat Benetar
I want you to want me - Chris Isaaks
River deep mountain high - Tina Turner
Rosalita (Come out tonight) - Bruce Springsteen
I drove all night - Roy Orbison
I'm gonna make you mine - Lou Christie
Sometime around midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event
Come back and stay - Paul Young

Yeah, I told you. Pretty strange mix of music. I make playlists that are timed to the intervals I run and walk, so there are some slower songs. I also finish up my treadmill workout with a walk at maximum incline, so I choose some slower songs for that.

What gets you moving? Please share the songs you exercise to or the songs that inspire you. I'll check in now and then because if Christmas is going to happen at the 1864 House, I still have a lot of work to do.

Of course, you can just stop in and tell us how you're doing. Vent if needed.

Or sign up for an open diary slot:

December 19
  Sat AM - 1864 House
  Sat PM - Edward Spurlock (Kessler, Ch. 33)

December 20
  Sun AM - louisev
  Sun PM - kismet (HFC Open Thread)

December 21
  Mon AM - NC Dem
  Mon PM - Sychotic1

December 22
  Tues AM - ???
  Tues PM - Clio2 (Kessler, Ch. 34) ???

December 23
  Weds AM - ???
  Weds PM - Edward Spurlock

December 24
  Thur AM - ???
  Thur PM - ???

December 25
  Fri AM  - ???
  Fri PM  - ???

December 26
  Sat AM - ???
  Sat PM - ???

Originally posted to 1864 House on Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 07:12 AM PST.

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