If you’re looking for the best workout playlist, scroll down to the middle of the post for 50+ great workout songs!
Welcome to week 5 in our Fitness Jumpstart 8-week series! If you know nothing about the 8-week #fitnessjumpstart series I’m hosting with Heidi from Happiness is Homemade or why we’re doing it, start with this post then come back and get this week’s workout and meal plan! And if you missed out on weeks 1-4, no worries. You can still check out all of our previous week’s guides! The basic idea is that each Monday Heidi and I will be sharing a healthy meal plan, a workout plan, and giving away some amazing prizes along the way! And this week I’m sharing the best workout playlist, a compilation of my favorite workout songs!
Last week was one of my best weeks yet. My son is beginning to feel much more comfortable in the gym daycare, so we actually went to the gym twice. That means two great runs + two showers, which is a big deal in my book! Eating was a little tougher because my husband was out of the country all week and when it’s just me at home, well I tend to not want to cook a big meal. Lots of green smoothies, salads, and simple soups for lunch last week. I’m excited to get back into eating real meals this week and can’t wait to try out everything on this week’s menu!
Let’s jump right in with this week’s workouts!
Thank you to Newegg for providing me with a Pro-Form Hybrid Trainer to try out for my training! All opinions, content, and ideas are 100% my honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links for your convenience.
This week I want to talk to you about the importance of cross-training. I know it seems like if you’re running all the time that you’re getting plenty of exercise and that cross-training isn’t necessary. Or maybe you just want to run every single day instead of doing anything else. I’m here to tell you that both cross-training and doing strength training can do amazing things for your body. At some point your body gets used to running and it’s no longer a challenge anymore no matter how far or long you go. By adding in cross-training, you’re mixing things up on your body, which challenges your body and helps build and tone muscles that running may not touch.
I can tell you right now that no matter how often I run, I’m still sore after playing competitive volleyball for a few hours or going to a spinning class because they just use completely different muscles than when when I run. There are tons of different things that you can do for cross-training from doing one of your favorite workout DVDs, to going to an aerobic class at the gym, to playing a competitive sport. Or you can also just jump on one of your favorite workout machines like an elliptical or bike and get a great workout that way as well. The key is to just keep mixing things up and trying out different things to work all of your muscles.
I love going to the gym but getting there every day with a two-year-old is just not possible. Since going to the gym every day isn’t possible for me, we’ve created our own little gym in the basement with a treadmill, rower, weights, and my most recent purchase from the Newegg Marketplace, the Pro-Form Hybrid Trainer. One of the main reasons that I chose this over some other cardio in the Newegg Marketplace was because it actually provides two cardio workouts (stationary bike and elliptical) in one single machine. I live in a fairly small townhouse so space is at a premium and the 2-in-1 hybrid trainer gives me two workouts in the space of one! Even my toddler joined in on the fun of putting this baby together.
And even better, you actually don’t even have to plug it in (just uses batteries) so you can really put it wherever you want without having to worry about if you’re close enough to an outlet or if your kids are going to trip over the cord. It’s the perfect piece of equipment for someone looking for a variety of workouts without a lot of space.
Last week’s workout guide included two days of 45 minutes of cross-training. One of those days I spent trying out the elliptical function on the Hybrid Trainer and the other day, you guessed it, I used the stationary bike function. With 14 workout apps built into the machine, I was able to pick one that was perfect for me and the workout I wanted to do that day. I love being able to hit a button and have the machine run my workout for me. Sometimes a little break from thinking is all you need and the Pro-Form Hybrid Trainer is perfect for a stress-free workout. You can check out more details about the Pro-Form Hybrid Trainer along with a ton of other awesome workout equipment in the Newegg Marketplace, a great resource for purchasing fitness equipment and electronics like my Garmin Forerunner 220.
To help you out with your cross-training this week, I’ve put together a playlist of my favorite workout songs because everyone knows that listening to the best workout songs can make a workout just a little bit easier. Or at least more fun. These aren’t the best running songs; these are songs that I love to listen to while I’m doing cardio. What would you add to the list?
The Best Workout Playlist
You can click on individual links below to listen on iTunes or download the entire playlist on Spotify here
All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
All I Want to Do by Sugarland
American Boy by Estelle
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree by KT
Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz
Come Back to Me by David Cook
Counting Stars by One Republic
Days Go By by Keith Urban
Dirty Little Secret by All-American Rejects
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Firework by Katy Perry
Geronimo by Sheppard
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
Good Life by One Republic
Happily Ever After by He Is We
Home by Phillip Phillips
Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
I Do Not Hook Up by Kelly Clarkson
In the End by Linkin Park
Inside Out by Eve 6
Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield
Jump Rope by Blue October
Live Like We’re dying by Kris Allen
Move It Like This by Baha Men
Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
Nine in the Afternoon by Panic! At the Disco
No Boundaries by Adam Lambert
Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas
Running Away by Hoobastank
Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
Some Nights by Fun
Sugar, We’re Goin Down by Fall Out Boy
Summer Girls by LFO
Sweet Serendipity by Lee DeWyze
Sweetness by Jimmy Eat World
That’s What You Get by Paramore
The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes
The Worst Day Ever by Simple Plan
Walk This Way by Aerosmith
Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
When I Come Around by Green Day
Womanizer by Britney Spears
Moroccan Chicken with Chickpeas From Skinny Ms.
Light BBQ Chicken Pizza from Pinch of Yum
Skinny Three-Cheese Penne from Skinny Mom
Broccoli Cheese Baked Potatoes from Play. Party. Pin.
Fiesta Chicken Taco Salad from Happiness is Homemade
Blackberry Lemon Salmon from Sugar and Soul
Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Pear from Play. Party. Pin.
Last week we gave away an Eat Smart Scale and actually the giveaway is still going on, so if you haven’t already entered, head over to do that right after you enter this week’s giveaway! This week we giving our readers an amazing Nuyu fitness watch. You can read more about how awesome the watch is over on Happiness is Homemade.
All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below. There are tons of ways to enter to win but the best way is to actually join in on our fitness jumpstart challenge! Share a photo, a workout, or a healthy meal anywhere on social media with the hashtag #FitnessJumpstart and tag @PlayPartyPin and @HiHomemadeBlog. Then come back here and fill out the Rafflecopter form telling us what you did! Then come back again each day to enter with your new healthy living post!