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July 2, 2010

10 Songs to Change the Way You Think About Water Aerobics

A watery workout will minimize the impact on your joints while actually increasing its intensity.

woman in an indoor swimming pool

Photo Credit: Joe Drivas

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The impression I'd had about aqua, aerobic classes, and their underwater peers was that they catered primarily to seniors and injured athletes. This is because they're generally touted as low-impact alternatives to other exercises. And, while this is true, having one's limbs submerged also adds constant resistance to your workout.

On the whole, it's possible that a watery workout will both minimize the impact on your joints and actually increase its intensity. To compensate, the playlist I've put together is a couple beats per minute slower than usual. But don't let the pool or pace fool you into thinking it'll make for a lighter routine.

1. Def Leppard - Photograph - 124 BPM Pyromania 
Hysteria - Photograph - Greatest Hits Version - Def Leppard Tribute - 
Photograph - Greatest Hits Version - Def Leppard Tribute

2. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Speed of Light - 123 BPM Orchestral 
Manoeuvres In the Dark - Sugar Tax - Speed of Light

3. Goldfrapp - Ride a White Horse - 123 BPM Goldfrapp - 
Supernature - Ride a White Horse

4. Janet Jackson - Together Again - 123 BPM Janet Jackson - 
Number Ones - Together Again

5. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - Summer Nights - 124 BPM John Travolta 
& Olivia Newton-John - Grease (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) 
- Summer Nights

6. Shaggy - Oh Carolina - 125 BPM Shaggy - Mr. 
Lover Lover - The Best of Shaggy, Pt. 1 - Oh Carolina

7. Stone Temple Pilots - Big Bang Baby - 123 BPM Stone Temple 
Pilots - Thank You - Big Bang Baby

8. Daft Punk - Robot Rock (Soulwax Remix) - 123 BPM Daft Punk - 
Robot Rock (Soulwax Remix) - Single - Robot Rock (Soulwax Remix)

9. Lil Mama - Lip Gloss - 125 BPM Lil Mama - VYP 
(Voice of the Young People) [Deluxe Version] - Lip Gloss

10. Weezer - Photograph - 125 BPM Weezer - Weezer 
(Green Album) - Photograph

MC's resident DJ, Chris Lawhorn, weeds through each week's releases to find the best new music.

You can vote on upcoming songs — and hear the tracks that didn't make the cut this week — on his workout music site, RunHundred.com.

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