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A punk rock playlist: Suggestions from Radio Boston.com

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  July 6, 2012 09:00 AM

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Hi there. I'm Adam 12, production director and host for RadioBDC.

As a young man, I scoffed at runners. "I run to escape danger," I'd quip, "not for some twisted sense of pleasure!" Funny thing is, I'm no longer a "young man." And I've learned that, for me, running is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and stay fit.

Like you, though, I struggle to stay motivated. The fact that I run at night doesn't help matters much. The fact that I run to punk and hardcore songs, however, does.

Here's my 10-song punk-rock playlist, primed for a 30-minute run or workout. I know punk isn't your traditional "workout music," but it sure beats exercising to this.

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1) Bad Religion "A Walk" - I start all runs with Bad Religion. Once, I ran to an entire Bad Religion album. I almost passed out and had to take a week off. I do not recommend this.


2) The Living End "Roll On" - "We'll roll on with our heads held high!" A great motivator.


3) Iggy Pop "Lust For Life" - Now you're moving. Let the drum beat set the pace for the meat of your run or workout.

4) The Clash "The Guns Of Brixton" - Keep the pace steady with "The Only Band That Matters."

5) Fugazi "Waiting Room" - Feel free to incorporate some of the moves Guy & Ian throw down here into your routine. As you can see, they're quite fit.

6) Quicksand "Fazer" - You've reached the halfway mark. This song will help you churn through without burning out.

7) The Skids "Into The Valley" - Warning: you might find yourself pumping your fist in the air while this plays.

8) Street Dogs "You Alone" - "You alone must stand your ground, take a life worth nothin' and turn it around." Isn't that the whole reason you're working out? To better your life?

9) Dropkick Murphys "Get Up" - Get Up indeed! Push through to the finish!

10) Rancid "Last One To Die" - A positive message as you wind down and pat yourself on the back: you worked out AND rocked out AND you're punk rock!

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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