Do you use a tape sold with the music already gathered for your walking or exercise? Or do you prefer to assemble your own collections... and then completely rearrange or switch things around so that you listen and think about it first at leisure and then while exercising? I'm the latter type of music-for-exercise fan.
My tastes are politely referred to as ecclectic, or maybe some people would claim disfunctional. I like many classical pieces (love War of 1812!), was even nicknamed "Sam" to sync with my Ragtime tendencies; thrill at old Broadway show musicals; find joy, excitement and soothing notes amid the variations called "jazz"; and think Soul Assylum's "Runaway Train" has great merit as social reflection of personal struggle.
Some songs that I like for jumping hurdles:
Warming up to the walk when things feel pretty rough, this song is a pretty good transition:
Cher will be back on her feet... and so will I!!
What doesn't kill ya...Kelly C. turns it around, musically:
Billy Joel certainly helps my shoulders and arms move happily while picking up the pace:
(sure, I'm a sort of North Country sixtysumthink UpTown Girl, right??)
Slowing down, looking around...but keeping up the pace with a light jazz moving me steaily...Herbie Mann is one of my faves:
I love his "Swinging Shephard Blues". Here's Moe Koffman swinging a nice walking pace:
That's right: on some music, sometimes the beat we feel all depends on how we listen! Same song; pick the beat and walk to it! I like this for the quick light-hearted pace:
None of these even touches my Clapton and Beck movers! Yup. I do love music!
Creating your own music mix can be fun, suiting what you like to hear to what you like to DO. But just remember, mixing things up does not always work out well if you don't put a little thought into the outcome: