Are you sick and tired of the 5 doof-doof songs that get played ad nauseum at your gym?
Is your current workout playlist feeling a little stale?
Do you wish you had a playlist that transported you back to the 20th century without its wild modern stresses?
Listen, it really hit home that I was in my 30s the other day when I realised I don't know new music, I don't understand new music, and I honestly don't like it (apart from Lady Gaga, of course).
Yes, I'm well aware that it makes me a Nanna, but I also refuse to give up my side part, and baggy jeans do nothing for my ass, so it is what it is and there's nothing we can do about it.
And if you're in the same boat as me and you're looking for a workout playlist that's equal parts nostalgic and motivational, I've got you.
This bumper playlist of 137 songs contains NOTHING after 2005, and is guaranteed to contain some bangers to grapevine, chasse and sidestep to in your retro workout.
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Just Like Paradise - David Lee Roth
Mambo No 5 - Lou Bega
Any Way You Want It - Journey
Atomic - Blondie
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - The Backstreet Boys
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham
Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
Black or White - Michael Jackson
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
The King of Wishful Thinking - Go West
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Wannabe - Spice Girls
Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
Get Low - Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz
Don't You Want Me - The Human League
We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
1999 - Prince
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
Mickey - Toni Basil
I Want You - Savage Garden
Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go Gos
Milkshake - Kelis
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
Killing In the Name - Rage Against the Machine
Kids In America - Kim Wilde
Young Hearts - Candi Staton
I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls
Running on Empty - Jackson Browne
Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters
Fox On the Run - Sweet
All Star - Smashmouth
Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) - Dead or Alive
My Sharona - The Knack
We Will Rock You - Queen
Mamma Mia - ABBA
What A Feeling - Irene Cara
You Get What You Give - New Radicals
Born to Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Surrender - Cheap Trick
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Tubthumping - Chumbawamba
Maniac - Michael Sembello
Don't Cha - The Pussycat Girls
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Rasputin - Bony M
Stronger - Britney Spears
Walk of Life - Dire Straits
Nothin' But A Good Time - Poison
Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler
Spice Up Your Life - The Spice Girls
The Final Countdown - Europe
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix a Lot
Whip It - DEVO
Bring It All Back - S Club 7
Blue Monday '88 - New Order
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Don't Say You Love Me - M2M
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpion
Stop - The Spice Girls
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
No One Like You - Scorpions
The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
Everybody Get Up - Five
Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue
Bootylicious - Destiny's Child
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
5, 6, 7, 8 - Steps
Cum On Feel The Noize - Quiet Riot
Kick - INXS
We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
Just A Girl - No Doubt
Ace of Spades - Motorhead
Under Cover of the Night - Rolling Stones
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
Waterloo - ABBA
Absolutely Everybody - Vanessa Amarosi
Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
Together In Electric Dreams - Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
Believe - Cher
The Touch - Stan Bush
My Humps - Black Eyed Peas
Let My Love Open the Door - Pete Townsend
Lollipop (Candyman) - Aqua
Play With Me - Extreme
We Built This City - Starship
Real Wild Child (Wild One) - Iggy Pop
Destination Calabria - Alex Gaudino
Let's Hear It For the Boy - Deniece Williams
Cherry Pie - Warrant
Call Me - Blondie
Spaceman - Babylon Zoo
Material Girl - Madonna
Poison - Alice Cooper
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Moving On Up - M People
I'm Still Standing - Elton John
Barbie Girl - Aqua
Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Mony Mony - Billy Idol
I've Been Thinking About You - Londonbeat
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Tush - ZZ Top
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Another Night - Real McCoy
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf
Respect - Aretha Franklin
I'll Be There for You - Rembrandts
Shake Your Groove Thing - Peaches & Herb
Shake That - Eminem
Disco Inferno - The Trammps
Things Can Only Get Better - D:Ream
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
More Than a Feeling - Boston
Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees
I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire
(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty
Heart of Glass - Blondie
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
You Should Be Dancing - The Bee Gees
The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
White Wedding - Billy Idol
It's My Life - Bon Jovi
It's a bit of a mix bag, but that's just the way I like it! So, what do you think? Which songs will you be adding to your workout playlist?
What have I left out - do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments below.
Now without further ado, onto the Captain's Log for yesterday.
If you’ve just joined us, I’m on a 90 day fitness journey and I’m logging every day of progress, including my meals and workouts, as I journey back to my health.
I’m a certified personal trainer who struggled with yo yo diets and extreme workouts until one day, I just couldn’t take it anymore and gave up on my weight altogether ... that is, until a recent health scare that landed me in the hospital (you can read more about my story here).
Now I’m on a mission to finally take charge of my health and fitness, lose weight in a healthy, self loving way and get into the best shape of my life. If you’re on a similar journey, I’d love to stay in touch.
Keep reading to read yesterday’s log, scroll to the bottom to read the previous days, and if you’d like to stay updated on the journey and receive the FREE guide that’s helped me get amazing results so far, click the pic below to be taken to the download page.
I woke up today not feeling hungry at all, so I didn't eat until about 1 pm and broke my fast with a bowl of Oat Flake and All Bran cereal (3/4 cup cereal, 1/2 cup milk).
It's rare that I don't feel like food, but it does happen, especially in summer. I tend to lose my appetite if it gets too hot. Does this happen to anyone else?
Yup - told you I wasn't hungry!
For dinner tonight I had my leftover pizza and if you can believe it, it tasted even better the second night. What is it with leftover pizza? Pasta's the same I find. As yummy as it is, it's 10 x yummier the next day!
Dessert was a Quest protein bar. Quest bars are my favourite thing - I tried a birthday cake flavour this time, but I don't think I liked it as much as the others.
My favourite Quest flavour is raspberry white chocolate. Have you tried Quest bars? What's your favourite flavour?
Kept my workout really basic today with a 30 minute feel good workout - a Mousercise blast from the past. Do any of my fellow 80s babies remember Mousercise?
I really hope they add it to Disney+!!!
Well, team, it's a short but sweet one (I spent a long time collating the playlist, so I'm out of writing juice and need to get dinner on).
Let's huddle in for a super quick motivation message.
Happiness isn't a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
We can feel happy at any moment we choose.
We can find joy in the tiny moments now.
Don't put off feeling happy until you've reached your goal. Choose to be happy now.
Choose yourself and your joy today.
Even if things aren't perfect yet.
Choose to smile, to laugh, to be kind to others, and to appreciate the little things (and yourself).
When you do that, reaching your goal becomes the cherry on top, instead of the whole sundae.
How will you choose to be happy today?
Until tomorrow, keep shining bright.
- xo, Rhi