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spin songs

I have been teaching spinning (indoor cycling) for about 20 years.

For me, a fun part of designing a class is selecting motivating music that will appeal to a wide range of participants. Over the years I have tried a variety of things to keep it fresh — the Sound of Music spin complete with prizes for the best costume, Reggae spin, More Cowbell spin and countless other themes. Lately, as aging musicians die, I feature their music in the next playlist. I just started working on an all-Canadian spin list. Let me know if you have a favourite song by a Canadian that has a good beat!

I put my road bike on a trainer in the winter and ride indoors. Here is a playlist I made for myself to listen to while I pretend to be outside. Maybe something will hit the spot for you and help motivate you to keep moving. Hope so!

Shake – Head and the Heart

Happy – Pharrell Williams

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

Forget You – Cee Lo Green

Safri Duo Sweet Freedom – Move Ya

Got It Wrong – Wild Feathers

Story of My Life – One Direction

What a Wonderful World – Joey Ramone

Mr. Brightside – The Killers

The Way We Get By – Spoon

Tell the World – Eric Hutchinson

River So Wide – Phil Collins

Downtown – Petula Clark

Saving Grace – Tom Petty

Timber – Pitbull

Jai Ho – AR Rahman (from Slumdog Millionaire)

The Ceiling – Wild Feathers

Lisztomania – Phoenix

Dog Days Are Over – Florence + the Machine

Human – The Killers





fitbit revisited

We both received an email from Fitbit last week with our year end summary. Between the two of us we covered 3,476,978 steps or about 1500 miles since July! According to Fitbit, Canadians take more average total steps…what’s up with that?!


It’s been six months since we started wearing our Fitbits, so we thought it would be a good time to update you about our thoughts. We first blogged about them in November and have both been very consistent with wearing them. Here’s what we have learned:

If you have a desk job, you will hit about 5000 steps a day but not much more if you don’t take a walk. And it is easy to get lazy when it is dark, when the dog walker already tuckered out the canine.

Weekends are easy to hit the target.

You can hit 10,000 steps a day but not really raise your heart rate. Setting aside time for a brisk walk will not only get you steps but also challenge your heart.

The sleep information is pretty interesting. I’ve learned that I actually manage fine on less sleep than I always thought I needed.