June 13, 2013 - submitted by Veronika, Germany

Q. Hi Oracle

I wanna get started with getting a little fitter...
Any suggestions for a running-playlist (first of all Coldplay songs but also non-Coldplay-songs) ??
Which tracks do the boys listen to while working out?

Have a jolly day :)
Thanks for answering!


The Oracle replies:

There are lots of CDs and Spotify playlists etc. for exercise these days but I like to create my own so I may be able to help - not that I run often.

I'll start with Coldplay songs. No surprise to regular readers that my first song would be my favourite; Politik. Great pounding opening to get the heart rate pumping but the dips and crescendos will set a good pace.
In no particular order I'd definitely include ETIAW, Talk, Lost, Charlie Brown, Daylight, Cemeteries of London, Strawberry Swing and Major Minus. Clocks & Speed of Sound fit, but they wouldn't be for me - personally.
To begin the cool down I'd opt for a slower song such as Everything's Not Lost - otherwise it would be a very Parachutes album free zone! Paradise is good winding down song too.
That would be quite a long run though, so make sure you pace yourself or build up to it gradually. I'd advise alternating between running for 2 minutes and walking for 2 minutes.

Here's a list of some of the songs (again in no particular order of pop & rock) that I used to jog around to:
Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the Name
Jay Z - 99 Problems
Faith No More - Be Aggressive
Audioslave - Cochise
Black Eyed Peas - Rock Your Body
Max Sedgley - Happy
The Raconteurs - Salute Your Solution
Dizzy Rascal - Bonkers
That's probably around 25-30 minutes so plenty to be getting on with.
You've inspired me to run again, Veronika...

I'm afraid I don't know what they guys listen to whilst working out - they don't always have music though.