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Valerie’s Favorite 45 Minute Workout Routine

Warm up with some great tunes before you begin your workout routine.

Here’s terrific exercise music that will motivate you and get your workout started:

"A New Day Has Come"
Celine Dion
(4:19)
*Just a great song to wake-up to; Celine's voice and lyrics are beautiful.

"I Need to Wake Up" (From "An Inconvenient Truth")
Melissa Etheridge
(3:35)
*A truly motivating and inspirational song: a great way to start the day particularly when you're exercising in the morning as I do.

"Beautiful Day"
U2
(4:08)
*It reminds me of all the potential ahead of me in the day.

Up tempo exercise music really gets your heart pumping!

"It's My Life"
Bon Jovi
(3:44)
*It is YOUR life; you can do what you want, get the body you want, whatever. (It's okay to sing to this; I do!)

"Shake Ya Tailfeather"
Murphy Lee, Nelly & P. Diddy
(4:55)
*Note that some of the lyrics are explicit; if this bothers you, skip this and go on to the next song. I've found that I barely listen to the words; the beat is perfect for cardio.

"Get the Party Started"
Pink
(3:11)
*If you haven't already notching up the level or your speed, this is the song to do it to.

"I Like to Move It"
Madagascar 5
(3:13)
*Just a great old club song that really gets you moving no matter what you're doing: running, walking or cardio machines.

"Push It"
DeLorean
(3:19)
*Another classic club song of the '80s, this is still a great workout song -- and perfect for hills or spinning at high speeds on the bike.

"Pump It"
The Black Eyed Peas
(3:33)
*This keeps your heart rate up until you're ready to go into cool down mode.

Wind up your 45 minute workout routine with a cool down set of exercise music that helps your heart rate slow down.

"Torn"
Natalie Imbruglia
(4:06)
*Just the right song to start your cool-down; still has the right beat to start your heart rate slowing down.

Chasing Cars
"Snow Patrol"
(4:25)
*Great band, great lyrics and great cool-down rhythm.

"The First Cut is the Deepest"
Sheryl Crow
(3:47)
*Another slower song that helps wind you down.

"What's Left of Me"
Nick Lachey
(4:05)
*The perfect ending song in your exercise music repertoire. If you don't need this long of a cooldown, you can end on one of the earlier songs.

*Total time adds up a bit more than 46 minutes, allowing you to stay motivated through your entire 45 minute workout -- and to skip or forward ahead through songs if necessary.

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