As New Year’s resolutions go, ‘working out regularly’ and ‘getting fit’ have to be two of the most common. Such promises are easily made in the heady atmosphere of New Year’s Eve, as the clock ticks down to the end of the year and our minds are filled with optimism and anticipation. Unfortunately, by the time mid-January rolls around, they are just as easily broken.
You’ve got your weights, your gym membership or workout videos, your water bottle and your workout top and leggings (and if you don’t you can get them right here at Sea Jewels in sizes 12-32. We provide the crop tops, shorts and bathers for the Biggest Loser TV show, so you know they are going to be comfortable and provide great support!). So what you need now is a playlist, because nothing boosts motivation like a booming bassline. But not just any playlist, but a playlist which is going to inspire you, boost your self-esteem and raise your body confidence. In short, you need songs that are going to make you love yourself, and love your body.
Take a look at our top ten workout songs for boosting body confidence, and get inspired in the New Year.
Lily Allen – Hard Out Here
Everyone’s favourite rabble-rouser hit the nail on the head with her super-positive 2013 single, Hard Out Here. This is Lily at her most uncompromising, and at her most uplifting, and it’s the perfect way to kick off a workout.
Mika – (Big Girl) You Are Beautiful
We all know that Mika has a way with a melody, but with ‘(Big Girl) You Are Beautiful’ the Lebanese-English songsmith showed that he had something to say too. This track is three minutes of pure celebration, smashing stereotypes and raising a smile in equal measure; make sure it’s on your workout playlist.
Christina Aguilera – Fighter
You can’t put together a body confidence playlist without some Xtina. This smash hit from the mid ‘00s was Aguilera at her finest; indomitable, ferocious but irresistibly relatable. For these reasons, Fighter makes our list.
Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious
Destiny’s Child already had two albums and several line-up changes under their belts by the time Survivor was released in 2001, but it was the single Bootylicious, taken from this album, that really set out their booty-shaking, body-positive manifesto. With Bootylicious, Destiny’s Child’s Beyonce Knowles makes her first appearance on this list; it might not be her last.
Meghan Trainor – All About that Bass
While the up-tempo beat of this banger is enough to get you in the zone for a good workout, the uplifting lyrics make this one a super-charges motivator. Every single lyric of this song is packed with positive messages about loving your curves. So while you’re doing your thing on the elliptical, what better words to resonate and keep you moving than “Yeah, it's pretty clear I ain't no size two, but I can shake it, shake it, like I'm supposed to do”.
Regina Spektor – Folding Chair
Moscow-born singer-songwriter Regina Spektor is no stranger to critical acclaim, but few of her tunes resonate with the listener more than this one. Take a breather and listen to Regina as she sings about self-acceptance, self-esteem and loving yourself for who you are. With cracking lines like 'I've got a perfect body, but sometimes I forget, I've got a perfect body coz my eyelashes catch my sweat' what better way to work up a sweat than with this booming in the background?
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
Crank up the tempo and turn up the funk with this cut from Janelle Monae’s second album. Featuring a verse from Erykah Badu, Q.U.E.E.N. is a piece of prime, nu-disco brilliance, and an anthem to not giving a damn what others think of you.
Shakira, Beyonce – Hips Don’t Lie
She’s back, and this time Beyonce has teamed up with her Colombian compadre Shakira to deliver her paean to body-positivity. Love yourself, love your body and let this bona fide R’n’B gem inspire your workout.
Mason vs. Princess Superstar – Perfect
As you can probably tell from her stage-name, New York-born pop provocateur Princess Superstar is no shrinking violet. Despite a long and varied career, arguably Princess’ biggest hit remains her collaboration with electro producer Mason, on this cheeky, self-esteem-boosting club classic.
India.Arie – Video
It’s time for the warm down, and who better to put the finishing touches on a great playlist than India.Arie? With Video, India inspired girls – and boys – the world over to feel comfortable in their own skin and to live by their own rules, and this soulful number is just as powerful today as on its release back in 2001.
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