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Power Songs: The OOMPH! For Any Workout!

Popeye has spinach, Goku has senzu beans, Kanye West has his ego, and I have power songs! What are they, you ask? Power songs are songs that give the extra oomph! you need to get through your workout.

Fact: Music makes you want to move. Fact: Music makes working out more fun. Fact: Music will distract you from your heavy breathing or any other sign that lets you know you’re heart rate is 160 and your lungs are on fire.

The facts just mentioned may or may not be opinions.

Below, are five power songs and how I like to use them. Enjoy!

Twerk – Basement Jaxx

I like this song more for running or cycling than weightlifting. It’s fun, upbeat and gets the job done.

Cascada – Evacuate the Dance Floor

Love, love, love this song! It’s perfect for everything: cleaning, running, baking, bench pressing. Although this song is one of my favorite workout songs, I do not support evacuating any dance floor. Everyone should dance!

Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend

It doesn’t get more bubblegum pop than this, but the tempo in the song is perfect! This song is great for circuit training!

Disturbed – The Night

This song rocks! Really, it does. I love this song for explosive exercises or circuit training workouts!

Sleigh Bells – Run the Heart
If you’ve never heard of Sleigh Bells, consider yourself unlucky! This song is perfect for less intense exercises. I like it when I’m cycling at a low pace, warming up, stretching or as a song between sets. It’s also great for  one person spontaneous dance parties. I like the siren noise in the beginning because it resembles a fast pulse. When the bass drops, I can’t help but to dance!

Power songs aren’t just for working out. I have power songs for when I’m doing laundry, baking, relaxing, procrastinating, etc.

What are your power songs?

End The Maternal Death Clock

Each year, half a million women die in pregnancy or childbirth; 99% of these deaths occur in developing nations (UNFPA). Developed countries such as  the USA are not without maternal death problems. It is most certainly a global health issue!

Two events happened on September 20, 2010 at 9:00am in New York City. The United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) kicked off and  Amnesty International (AI) launched a Maternal Death Clock. The MDG is a blueprint for the fight against global poverty through 2015. The Maternal Death Clock has been ticking and counting the total number of maternal deaths since the start of the summit.

The Summit launched The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. With a pledge of over $40 billion, the strategy has the potential to save the lives of 16 million women and children. It is an ambitious goal, and the tools/resources to actualize this goal are available. The etiology of these deaths are known, and in most cases, these deaths are preventable.

Knowing that the problem exists, we can help! If you have the money, give money; if you have the time, volunteer or write a letter to lawmakers; if you have a friend, spread the word about the issue. The more people aware of an issue means the more people available to help with the solution.