Workout songs: A Bollywood-inspired exercise soundtrack

World music can be a great resource when you’re putting together an exercise playlist — changing up your music routine can make you pay more attention to how the songs affect your energy levels.

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World music can be a great resource when you’re putting together an exercise playlist — changing up your music routine can make you pay more attention to how the songs affect your energy levels. This playlist from Anuja Varghese, a manager for the Inside Out film festival in Toronto, mixes in popular dance tunes with some Bollywood favourites.


Anuja’s workout playlist:

1. Aaj Ki Raat by Sonu Nigam: “The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack has a bunch of great workout songs, but I like this one best to get my workout started.”

2. Ray of Light by Madonna: “This song is one of my upbeat Madonna faves, but I have made entire workout playlists of just Madonna tracks and remixes. That woman knows how to make you want to move.”

3. I Wasn’t Made For Fighting by Woodhands: “This song has an awesome driving beat and an intensity to it that makes me want to kick up the intensity of my workout as well.”

4. Bootylicious by Destiny’s Child: “Nobody knows how to belt out a good dance tune like Beyonce. And I like to feel bootylicious — or like I will be bootylicious, if I can get to the end of the workout.”

5. All Nite by Janet Jackson: “Hearing this song’s ‘don’t stop, don’t stop’ refrain pushes me through those mid-workout moments where I’m really tempted to take a break. Picturing Janet’s killer abs doesn’t hurt either.”

6. Ever Since by The Natural Shocks: “This little indie band is close to my heart, and this song from their first CD gives me a nice bit of edgy pop when I want a break from bubblegum pop in my workout.”

7. One More Time by Daft Punk: “Total dance classic. This song shows up on almost all workout playlists I make.”

8. Teri Masti by Rishi Rich ft. Josh: “This song is a super catchy mix of bhangra and hip hop rhythms — there’s no way you can listen to this and stay still.”

9. Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch:
“I don’t mind a dose of the 90s in my workout and if Marky Mark says, ‘I wanna see sweat comin’ out your pores,’ who am I to argue?”

10. Stronger by Britney Spears: “I love pre-meltdown Britney. This song gets me feeling strong and in control and gets me right to the end of my workout.”

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