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iPod Workout Playlist for Exercise Motivation

Sheri Zampelli

If you re like most people, you probably have a favorite band, artist or type of music that inspires you to move your body. It s as if some songs become a part of you and next thing you know, you re tapping your feet, drumming your fingers on the table or swaying your head from side to side. Good music makes you want to move. In fact, it s almost out of your control. If you re looking for exercise motivation, why not use this phenomenon in your favor. You can easily create your very own, personalized workout playlist.

The beauty of the iPod is the ability to create multiple playlists. Thanks to playlists, you can carry music to fit all your moods and activities in a package smaller than a cassette tape (anyone remember those?) Not only that, you can access each playlist individually so you can find a mood and stick with it as long as you want.

That said, let s start creating your iPod workout playlist. I won t go into every minute detail of creating a playlist here, that s a whole other article. You can easily find workout playlist information

Once you re ready, make a playlist. Call it workout or any other name that suits your style. Make it a goal to select at least 20 songs either currently in your music library or at the iTunes music store. Find songs that make you want to tap your feet and shake your hips. Look specifically for music that pumps you up, motivates you and makes you want to move your body.

Of course we all have different musical tastes so there s no right or wrong genre or type of song to put on the playlist. In fact, I currently have 70 s funk, 80 s punk, hip hop, rap, electronica and drum and bass on my list. The main criterion for songs on your list is that they all motivate you to move your body. Here are a couple of points to consider when choosing the songs:

1. Listen for a Consistent Beat - Make sure the songs have a steady beat throughout the entire track. Songs that have a fast beat then a slow beat then a fast beat again might cause you to get out of rhythm. This can become discouraging rather than motivating. The BPM (Beats Per Minute) on your tracks should also be somewhat consistent. This will help you maintain momentum. If you don t follow this guideline, it s okay. When a song comes up that s too slow or fast for the pace you re at you can always forward to the next song.

2. Listen for Positive, Inspiring Lyrics - Choose songs with lyrics that inspire you or make you feel positive. If the song is about negative events or troubled times, it might slow you down. Choose songs that make you feel like I can do this, I won t quit, This feels great, I am alive! With songs like this, you ll be so motivated

Keep in mind that if you have more songs in your music library than your iPod can hold, you ll need to specify in your iPod options that you want your workout playlist to be on your iPod at all times. When your iPod is connected to the computer and iTunes is open, simply right-click on the picture of your iPod and choose iPod Options. In the iPod / Music tab you ll have the opportunity to pick and choose which playlists to have on your iPod.

Once you complete these steps, you ll have workout motivation that you can keep with you at all times. Therefore, regardless of your travel schedule, traffic hang ups, late nights at the office or unforeseen interruptions, you can put on some comfy shoes, turn on your workout playlist and start moving. In fact, since the iPod is so portable, you might want to mix up your workout

Argentina: witches & drums march

Off Our Backs , May 1996 by Sarda, Alejandra

Argentina: witches & drums march

BUENOS AIRES -- Last year, there was no women`s march on March 8 because there were not enough women for it, but this year there was a march, organized by the Women`s Multisectoral Committee.

In 1983 and 1984, when the country had just regained democracy, March 8 turnouts were massive, but now there is widespread apathy in the country. Also, women who belong to political parties and unions refuse to participate in events from which males are "excluded".

This year, many young women were present, most of them from student groups and leftist parties. Pro -- choice groups working towards abortion decriminalization handed out leaflets with accurate information and paid tribute to women disappeared, tortured, and illegally imprisoned under the military dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to 1983. They also provided an analysis of a reform currently being studied by the government that would permit free distribution of birth control devices through public hospitals but does not even consider the abortion issue.

For Excrita en el Cuerpo, Lesbianas a la Vista, and Lesbianas en la Resistancia joy and pride are among the most subversive feelings to exhibit. Thus, we decided that even though it is very hard to be a woman (and even worse a lesbian) in this shameful 1996 Argentina, we were going to use this March 8 to celebrate our existence, our creativity and our strength to keep up the fight. And so we arrived wearing witches` hats -- all in different colors and shapes -- and carrying all kinds of drums. While some led the "drum concert" joined by many other lesbians who brought instruments or boxes or cans, others handed out leaflets to everyone, including the policewomen -- there was about one policewoman for every two demonstrators. Then, we shared home-baked bread and wine with all women present.

Then we marched. The slogans showed the current concerns of the women`s movement: "Birth control to avoid abortion/legal abortion to avoid death!" and "What a fate/what a fate/every single day a woman dies due to a clandestine abortion!" were the most popular. Others referred to female workers` fight against sexual harassment and voiced women`s determination to resist the economic measures implemented by the government that only mean poverty and more oppression for a majority of the country`s population. We were proud that for the first time the March 8 demonstration had an official slogan against discriminating against lesbians.

And we were also proud to tell that the march`s largest and most lively group were the lesbians: most of them autonomous, a few from Las Lunas y las Otras and Grupo de Madres Lesbianas. Lesbians as a group broke our own attendance record, set in 1993 when the Lesbian Front was created. "Even if you say no, even if you say yes, we dykes exist and like always, we are here today," was sung by dozens of proud lesbians, while other women watched approvingly. And then they joined us to sing: "Today we sing from the heart/against resignation/freedom for women/and more diversity".

The march ended at one of Buenos Aires most popular corners: almost a dozen lesbian drummers were playing, and many lesbians of all ages were dancing and singing around the banner. In the faces of the police, we sang a song that ends by saying: "We`re tired/of cops/stop discriminating/stop forced police custody/in lesbian bars/give up/your habit of killing us".

Copyright Off Our Backs, Inc. May 1996

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