FreshStart Check-In, And The Ultimate Shout-Along Catharsis Workout Playlist

Singer Carolyn Thompson
Singer Carolyn Thompson

Here's my own bulletin: After months upon months of good intentions, I've finally — finally! — created the ultimate workout playlist. This is not just a compilation of catchy, high-energy songs. This is a participatory playlist, in which each song has a chorus or a phrase that begs you to shout it out, thus engendering a powerful and soul-cleansing catharsis.

Case in point: The warm-up song is that Chumbawamba classic, "Tubthumping," whose chorus repeats: "I get knocked down! But I get up again! You're never gonna keep me down!" Or consider the cool-down song: a Jim's Big Ego version of Simon and Garfunkel's "Feelin' Groovy" that makes it into a semi-rap song with an occasional shout-out of "Feelin' groovy!"

It sounds silly. Okay, it is silly. But the good kind of silly.

Studies have repeatedly found that good music contributes to better workouts. FreshStarters, do you have playlists you'd like to share? Please post them in the comments. Or even, perhaps, bring them to the WBUR festival this Sunday at noon on the Charles. Here's the festival's schedule. CommonHealth has been promised our very own booth, and we're hoping Coach Beth will come and let us grill her in person with our lingering questions. I'd be happy to bring a few Cathartic CDs, if anyone wants one.

Meanwhile, here's my whole playlist:

This program aired on May 31, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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Carey Goldberg Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.



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