It may be too early to tell which tunes will be hot this year, but that's no excuse to delay creating your 2012 workout playlist. You'll need a few good tracks to help you maintain your New Year's fitness resolutions, so if your current selection is starting to feel like a worn-out record, here are a few suggestions.
For the warmup: Midnight City by M83. Here's an enthusiastic song that's sure to get you moving quickly. The beat practically lends itself to lunges, thrusts, marching, booty shakes or whatever else you do to get your blood pumping at the start of your workout.
For stretching: Motivation by Kelly Rowland. This is a slow jam perfect for holding stretches for a few seconds at a time, but it's charged with enough passion to keep you on that high note – and give you the "motivation" to continue on.
On the elliptical: White Nights by Oh Land. This quirky anthem has the crystar-clear, adrenaline-pumping ingredient you need to get psyched on the machine, and it's even broken down into rhythmic little half-steps that would sync up perfectly with your strides.
On the treadmill: Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga. If you need a high-energy dose of enthusiasm with an unbroken trajectory to whisk you through a steady jog, leave it to the Mother Monster. 'Edge of Glory' will take you to the edge of your runner's high.
When you're workin' with weights: We Found Love by Rihanna. This track by RiRi keeps up with the high-frequency pace set by the previous tunes, but there's something kind of angsty about it that's perfect for flexing some mean muscle.
During your medicine ball sessions: Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine. Doing an ab workout might feel like a chore, but at least with this anthem backing you up, you'll be able to look forward to reaching the light at the end of the tunnel.
For the cool down: Lovely Bloodflow by Baths. This song is the closest thing to a musical rendition of an exhale as you'll get! Breathe easy and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.