Welcome to the first iBurn. Before we get started, I’d like to explain my thought process behind this series. I’ll be frank: I’ve always perceived myself as the fat kid. I still suffer from a bit of low self esteem because of it. My family and friends have always been smaller than me and I’ve tried different ways of losing weight to no avail. I’ve started jogging and running and I will truthfully admit that I haven’t lost any weight, but I think positive and realize that I haven’t gained any either. A lot of friends have just gotten bigger and I’ve stayed the same.
I thought of iBurn as a way to reach out to readers. To me music is a driving force in my life. It has always been in the background and has often been my shoulder to cry on. I love the concept of playlists because they help focus an idea or an emotion. For exercising, like anything, there should be a mentality. If you are not motivated, then you’re not going to get up.
iBurn will display different types of running mixes, from genres to emotions. I decided to start off with disco; a fun-loving, high energy genre. The playlists I make aren’t going to tell you what to eat or how to correctly exercise. I’m not a doctor or even a marathon runner. What it will give you is a stepping stone to venturing into music while hopefully burning a few calories.
This first post will cover an energetic genre: disco. Since I wasn’t born when the disco-era occurred, I have a little bit of a grandiose version in my head created from movies where everyone was good looking, although back in the day it was probably done with the help of drugs. That's something I'm not even considering. Hard work is okay with me, thank you very much. I have compiled a list of heart-racing disco songs to exercise to. Almost all disco songs, even the ones not mentioned, are fast paced and positive thinking. Just sitting around and listening to disco makes me want to bounce my head around, so I thought it would be a great starting point for running.
Warm-up - "No More Tears" by Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand (4:47) – About 1:40 is the actual warm up time. If you must stretch longer than that and you have a few extra minutes, I suggest one of Andy Gibb’s hits, possibly, “Shadow Dancing”. I toyed around with the idea of having this song close to the end, since it talks about how you’ve had enough, but I decided to use this as a motivational point. My mindset is that I’m just depressed and last night at the discotheque was disappointing. Donna Summer and Barbara Streisand capture the idea of working hard and not wasting any time with this song.