Every time that Taco Bell bacon something-or-other ad comes on, that haunting song gets stuck in my head. In case you are a youngster, the song is a remake of "Mad World" by Tears for Fears. The 1983 (college!) song was redone by Halsey exclusively for the ad, so you can't download it (yet). But the original tempo is a little better for working out to anyway.
I was thinking about this song when I saw my friend Christine's Periscope chat on making small steps toward big changes. Of course, this is also the premise of Roni and Carla's book, What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms. So to make this song even more useful, I've not only posted the 1988 video, I've also posted two instructional videos so you can dance along!
I was working on my laptop when I heard this song coming from the teenager's Xbox game. Wow, takes me back to college!
I first heard this song during an electric toothbrush commercial. If this can make a toothbrush dance, imagine what it can do for you!
I'm dedicating this song to everyone who will join me for my FitBloggin' discussion on Friday, 'Durings’ Inspire, Too: The Importance of Blogging Before You Are an ‘After’. I'm serious about not giving up, even when the going gets tough or results become stagnant, and every now and then we need an anthem to goose ourselves into action.
I often find great songs and bands through TV commercials, and this is one of those times. Thanks, Chili's!
Why this song? Because it was just playing a few minutes ago in my living room. School is nearly out and for high schoolers that means in late, out early, in early, out early, back for band practice, etc. So right now, the teenager and his girlfriend are watching "Legally Blonde" before they have to go back to school later. And here's something to make you feel old -- they were 3 years old when this movie came out!
I've been listening to a lot more podcasts at the gym, so here are some of my latest favorites, which you can either find on the iTunes Store under Podcasts or click on the names to find other sources:
What You Can When You Can Podcast: Full disclosure -- I'm friends with Roni (top photo) and Carla (bottom photo) and helped proof-read their new book "What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms." But even if I didn't know them or wasn't intimately aware of their book, I'd still listen to the podcast. The name of the book and the hashtag are self-explanatory. The weekly podcasts are enjoyable little conversations with Carla and Roni, all about fitting in fitness and eating a little healthier no matter the circumstance. You don't have to hit the ground running -- you can walk if you want. Eat an apple instead of that bag of cookies -- or just eat two cookies. Incremental changes add up.
Diet Free Life: This is one of my go-to podcasts and has been for years. Robert Ferguson wants people to live a Diet Free Life, free from the diet mentality that has people either "on" or "off" their eating plan. It's all about balance with his plan that doesn't put much of anything off limits and, like he says, "meets you where you are." His podcasts cover fitness, recipes, grocery shopping strategies, dining out, interviews with celebrities and success stories and dietary advice.
The Jillian Michaels Podcast: The former "Biggest Loser" trainer has been podcasting for quite awhile, first on an LA radio station and then on her own, and I've been listening the whole time. Fans of her podcast know that the screaming taskmaster on TV is the result of editing. Her real-life self is silly, chatty and passionate about healthy living.
The Virgin Diet Lifestyle Show: I like JJ Virgin's advice on nutrition, and while I don't follow every tenet of hers, I do like a lot of her tips, and since dropping some of her seven foods (wheat, sugar, peanuts and dairy, but not corn or eggs), her meal ideas are useful. I have found, though, that the snippet-sized podcasts tend to repeat themselves so it's a good short-term listen.