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Easy breezy tunes from the ‘70’s to cooldown or chillax to

Want some ideas for some groovy island-style songs from the ’70’s for a cooldown from your workout, or just to relax in your hammock?   Try these on for size – and we’d love to hear from you what other songs you like to mellow out to!

Kokomo  – the Beach Boys – go to a dozen tropical islands all within a 3-minute song!

Surfer Girl – the Beach Boys – were you the girl they were singing about?

There are dozens of other Beach Boys songs that are great for hammock days!

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin – ‘nuff said.

Girl from Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto – With such a sexy, breathy voice, the Brazilian beauty, the wife of the guitarist Gilberto, was probably the epitome of the “Girl from Ipanema.” I’m trying to get in touch with her to see if she’ll contribute to our upcoming vegan CD!

Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens – my dream was to be able to sing that high. I’m still dreaming.

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Don’t worry about a thing,
’cause every little thing’s gonna be alright.”  Great words to live by!

Island Dreamin’ – Tsunami Wave Riders – not from the ‘70’s but since it’s from my band and it’s my list, I can break the rules and include it anyway! (and if you promise to relax to it, we’ll give you a free download!)


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Relaxation is not just for people!

Music – your new personal trainer!  (continued)

Yesterday I talked a little bit about how useful music is to get you motivated to exercise, and gave you a couple quick tips: crank up the itunes before you want to start exercising, customize playlists for your different activities, and plant earbuds in several places and try to put them back in the same place every time, so you’ll  be able to be your own exercise DJ at all times!

Today, fellow Breezies, I wanted to let you in on another magical secret of music: it can actually speed up your post-workout recovery time!  Had you heard about this already? Nope, me neither. And it doesn’t seem to matter what kind of music, although researchers discovered that slower music made people more relaxed (and did that really need a study for that?).

Need some suggestions for cooldown music? May I recommend a slower tune by the Tsunami Wave Riders called Island Dreamin,’ which won Single of the Year a few years back at the Hawaii Music Awards (another shameless plug for the band I’m in).  It always gives me a license to chill and maybe it will do the same for you (but watch out if you’re working –  your boss may decide to revoke your license!)

So don’t put your iPod away just cuz your workout’s over – keep the tunes a comin’!

Want to check out the study?

Michal Eliakim, et. al. “Effect of Rhythm on the Recovery From Intense Exercise.” Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: April 2013. Vol 27. Issue 4. p1019–1024. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318260b829

Music – your new personal trainer!

As a former fulltime tropical musician (sorry but this seems to be a good opportunity to throw in a shameless plug for the band I’m in with a bunch of fun and talented members – the Tsunami Wave Riders – – and please download some of our music for free on our site!)  I really love music, and I’ve discovered that the great majority of people do too.  And I’m a huge believer in using music to help you get motivated to exercise, and also to help you get relaxed when you’re anxious or stressed. I have a few tips of my own for you, and  I’ve also been surprised at just how many different ways they’ve discovered that music can help your health, and I can’t wait to tell you about all of them so that you can start getting your full daily dose of music!

Since almost everyone struggles with maintaining your motivation to exercise, let’s talk about how music can help you.  Did you ever not feel like exercising at all, but then you put on your headphones and things didn’t seem that bad?  If you don’t have an exercise playlist, I highly recommend creating one – how about a couple different ones for the different types of sports or activities you do? It’s helpful to customize it according to the normal length of your workout and include warmup and cooldown types of songs, and you can also add new songs in every now and then to keep it fresh. Sometimes – I hate to admit this – but I’ve gone to a park to walk and then discovered I left my headphones at home, so then I went to get coffee – or did something else – til I had the chance to go back home and get them. Did I ever make it back to the park on those days? Nope, never that I can recall!  So now I’ve finally gotten a little wiser to my procrastinating ways so that 1) always have a spare set of earbuds – even if they’re just from the dollar store – stashed somewhere, and 2) when exercising at the park or a gym, I try to always put my earbuds back in my purse immediately after my workout, and I bought a sunglasses case from the dollar store just for this purpose, which I’ve attached to my purse so that it can never escape.

Hope these tips and the others we’ll be talking about in days to come will help you exercise a little more often and get all the amazing benefits out of both music and exercise –  and I’d love to hear all of your great ideas as well – including workout song ideas too!  Just email me at