Music to Sweat to

  Sweaty... and happier.

Sweaty... and happier.

Not long after the 4 Trimesters conference last fall, I decided to join a gym. It wasn't just because so much of my work involves sitting with my laptop, or the fact that I wanted to be sure I could continue to lift my kid with ease as she grows. A big part was about doing some cardio, working up a sweat, and releasing some endorphins for my mental health. I was taking B vitamins, vitamin D, magnesium and EFAs all to support my mental health, and I really needed to add movement as a priority in a way that I hadn't in many years.

The gym I go to isn't fancy, but it's easy to get to in the mornings right after I drop my kid off at daycare, and then it's an easy walk home. I like to put on some music that's fun to move to, get on an elliptical machine, and watch whatever home reno show is on HGTV (I don't have a TV at home and grew up without cable, so this part is pretty fun to me). Afterwards, I use a few weight machines and hightail it outta there to go home, have a shower, and get on with my day. I've made it simple enough that I've gone 2 to 4 times each week since last November. If it were more complicated, more social, or more expensive, I wouldn't go. I'm sorry it took me so long to figure it out, but I'm here now!

You can't please everyone when comes to music, of course, but if you're good with Beyoncé, MIA, Rihanna and some Arcade Fire, the following 75+ songs may just become your Sweat Soundtrack, too. It took me a while to build this playlist (and weed out the songs where men are calling women "bitches") so that you don't have to! 

Afterlife - Arcade Fire
Alright - Jamiroquai
Baby Boy - Beyoncé
Bad Girls - MIA
Bird Flu - MIA
Body Work (feat. Tegan & Sara) - Morgan Page
Bonbon - Era Istrefi
Bounce - Iggy Azalea
Bring the Noize - MIA
Bulletproof - La Roux
Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake
Check On It (feat. Slim Thug) - Beyoncé 
Colors - Verité
Confess to Me (feat. Jessie Ware) - Disclosure
Countdown - Beyoncé
Cool For The Summer - Demi Lovato
Crazy In Love - Beyoncé
Creature Comfort - Arcade Fire
Crown of Age - The Ettes
Dancing Underwater - Brave Shores
Déja-vu - Beyoncé
Disco Dicks 5000 - Maylee Todd
Disparate Youth - Santigold
Diva - Beyoncé 
Drunk In Love (feat Jay Z) - Beyoncé
Dynabeat - Jain
Electric Blue - Arcade Fire
Electric Love - BORNS
Everything Now - Arcade Fire
Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man
Future Soup (feat Patrick Baker) - Autograf
Freakum Dress - Beyoncé
Get Lucky (feat Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) - Daft Punk
Get Some - Lykke Li
Gold - Kiiara
Golden - Jill Scott
Good Mistake - Mr Little Jeans
Greedy - Ariana Grande
Green Light - Beyoncé
Happy Idiot - TV on the Radio
Hideaway - Kiesza
Hot In Herre - Nelly
Hung Up - Madonna
I'm In Love With My Life - Phases
Jump - Madonna
Jump - Rihanna
Makeba - Jain
Make Me Proud (feat Nicki Minaj) - Drake
Midnight City - M83
Moth to the Flame - Chairlift
Ocean Drive - Duke Dumont
O.N.E. - Yeasayer
Our Eyes - Lucy Rose
Our Own House - MisterWives
Paper Planes - MIA
Pizza Guy - Touch Sensitive
Plot Twist (feat. Kyle) - Marc E. Bassy
Pour It Up - Rihanna
P.O.W.A. - MIA
Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic
Reflektor - Arcade Fire
Right Action - Franz Ferdinand
Ring the Alarm - Beyoncé
Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake
Rude Boy - Rihanna
S&M - Rihanna
7/11 - Beyoncé
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
The Trouble with Us - Marcus Marr & Chet Faker
Tightrope (feat Big Boi) - Janelle Monae
Too Good (feat. Rihanna) - Drake
20 Dollar - MIA
U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer (I'm a child of the '80s, I'm not sorry)
Upgrade U - Beyoncé
Work - Iggy Azalea
Work (feat Drake) - Rihanna
You Da One - Rihanna

... but tell me, what else you got? I'm always looking to add songs to my playlist!