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Aug 6, 2014

Worship While You Work It



i've always kept a workout playlist on my phone for when i go to the gym.  its full of upbeat music by bands like imagine dragons, caravan palace, onerepublic, lord, and even nicki minaj (because you can't beat that bass!).

when i started getting a little more serious about running last spring and started running longer distances, and consequently, longer amounts of time, i had to add to my playlist so that i didn't just hear the same songs over and over.  i follow jess of naptime diaries on instagram, and she had posted something about worshipping while working out, so  i decided to give it a go.  i had just downloaded rend collective's the art of celebration, and was also hooked on hillsong young & free, so one day, i tossed on a worship playlist before a run.  friends, i loved it.



i'm not always completely focused on my music when i workout, but when i started listening to worship music while i ran, i also tried to become more intentional about worshipping at the same time.  for me, exercise is a major stress reliever.  it's also something that makes me feel extremely confident.  there's just nothing like the rush of endorphins after a good workout that makes me feel like i can conquer the world.

working out to worship music just amplifies that.  it reminds me to focus all of my energy, no matter what i'm doing, on becoming the person that god has made me to be.  it helps me stay focused on the task at hand, which is taking care of my body, not judging myself or comparing myself to anyone else, and working on being the best version of myself that i can be.  it reminds me that god made me to be strong in both spirit and body.  it also reminds me that i should do everything (including running and working out!) to give him glory.



but most importantly, it helps me to spend that time connecting with jesus.  most days when i run, i have an internal dialogue going on.  i'll talk to myself about whatever's on my mind or which route i'm running or how hot it is outside (is that weird?), but when i run to worship music, that internal dialogue turns into one that is between me and god.  whether i spend time in prayer or repeating a verse over and over, or just singing along to the music in my head, its now become time that i often spend focused on jesus.



at first, i just would throw on my general worship playlist.  but i then spent a bunch of time during my workout clicking through the slower stuff...which is pretty impossible if your phone is attached to the side of your arm!  but now i've created a list of upbeat worship music that you can work it to.  and because i like you, here it is for you to check out!

(you can also listen to it online here)

what's on your workout playlist?  do you ever workout to worship music?

30 comments:

  1. hillsong young and free is my FAVORITE band on my worship-workout playlist. and i'm so happy you posted your playlist! i'm always looking for new songs to add. my sister also told me to add Jesus Loves Electro (which is like more dance music, kinda like young and free)...

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  2. oooh...I've never heard of Jesus Loves Electro! Will definitely be checking them out!! I just discovered that Hillsong United just came out with a remix album, and some of that stuff is really dancey...great to run to!

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  3. Yes!! I love this post! I am always needing worship songs to listen to during workout! thank you so much for sharing!

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  4. you are SO welcome! love meeting other girls who like working out to worship music! :)

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  5. Oh sweet, I'll have to look that album up!!

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  6. Im going to check out all of these! Great list!

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  7. Love love love this! When I am walking, I need something else to focus on or I will dread every minute I'm on the treadmill. This is a perfect way to focus on Him while still doing something that is good for my body!

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  8. So fun! Love listening to worship music while I work out!

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  9. Hi Betsy! Love this post. I thought I was the only one who listened to worship music while working out. Sometimes in my busy day this is the only time I can truly worship. I know that God is with me and wants me to be my best. He gives me strength as well as gives me the energy to get it done when exercise is the last thing I want to do. Can't wait to check out your playlist! Love listening to Hillsong Y&F.... They have a lot of upbeat / energetic music.

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  10. I LOVE this idea!! How come I've never thought of it. I can imagine it being wonderful. I rarely workout ... which is horrible but when I do I'm going to remember this. :)

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  11. ha...i didn't think i'd like it at first, but turns out, its really fun! you just have to find music that has a good beat, like any workout playlist! :)

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  12. yay! there's another one out there! haha...i really thought it would be weird at first, but i love it! it's a great way to worship, isn't it? somehow it makes me feel even more connected to jesus :)

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  13. there ya go! I'm the same way when i run sometimes...it's so good to have something else to focus on!!

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  14. Yes it is! I find on the days I don't workout I miss it. This is my time to talk to God (I have personal conversations with myself too) :)

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  15. MeganReablog.wordpress.comAugust 6, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Awesome Playlist! Nothing better than and great run AND time with Jesus! :)

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  16. Such a great idea! But, like you, I've always had a hard time finding upbeat and faster songs. Loving this playlist though. Will definitely have to give it a go the next time I workout. :)

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  17. I have always been a fan of Christian rap, so that tends to make it onto my workout playlists a lot! I find that they can fit a whole lot of theology in a song :) You're right that it's extra energizing.

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  18. This is great, Betsy! I get so wrapped up thinking about all of my problems, instead of talking to God about them. Carving out that time while you exercise is an excellent idea.

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  19. awe...that's the cutest thing ever! your dad is so sweet! hope you find some stuff on this playlist to add to yours :)

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  20. thanks Anna! I've found it to be a really great habit....not that I necessarily do it every time I work out, but it's soooo good when I do!

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  21. Thanks Jess! I know...it can be hard to find worship music with a beat! there's also a huge trend in worship right now for slower stuff, so that makes it tough!

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  22. yeah? i'm glad i gave it a try! i really like it!

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  23. I love to listen to inspiring and religious books when I run!


    oursweetthingcalledlife.blogspot.com

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  24. oooh! any faves to share? i love listening to books while driving, but i haven't ever tried it while running!

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  25. Cory Asbury, album Let Me See Your Eyes. So good!
    Also anything by Bryan and Katie Torwalt I adore :)

    Thanks for the tips Betsy! I love working out to worship tunes

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  26. I'm always amazed, too with how much truth can be in a single song when it's a rap.

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  27. TheJessaOlsonBlogAugust 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I love this idea. I have had heard of ppl also using Sermons during workouts as well. I don't know if I could do this because I am a note taker and would want to write things down.

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  28. This is a great idea! I think Mandesa's "Good Morning" would be another great worship song, especially if you run in the morning! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

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  29. Casting Crowns -Thrive, Casting Crowns -This Is Now, Just a few of my favs on my running playlist 😃

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