A guest post from Dr. Kevin Vost, author of Fit For Eternal Life: A Christian Approach for Working Out, Eating, Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness in Your Soul. (Sophia, 2007).
I was asked for an “ideal workout play list” so voila, here’s mine:
- Irish Blessing by The Priests from the album The Priests
- Benedictus by The Priests from the album The Priests
- Salad Bowl by Nick Alexander from the album I Wanna Be Debated
- Nicene Creed by Nick Alexander from the album I Wanna Be Debated
- Pie Jesu by The Priests from the album The Priests
- Hip to Be Square by Huey Lewis & The News from the album Greatest Hits: Huey Lewis & The News
- Cry of the Celts by Ronan Hardiman from the album Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance
- Ave Maria by Kitty Cleveland from the album Sacred Arias
- I Surrender by Sharmane from the album I Surrender Single
- Mass No.1 in D Minor for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra: 1. Kyrie by Bernarda Fink, Christoph Prégardien, John Eliot Gardiner, Luba Orgonasova, Monteverdi Choir & Wiener Philharmoniker from the album Bruckner: Mass No. 1 in D Minor & Motets
This list should be good for at least two cardio or strength workouts. The Priests mellow tunes will gently warm you up and then boom, here come Nick’s fast-paced pieces (and Salad Bowl will help you eat right when you’re done). Let the heart rate settle down a bit with the reverent Pie Jesu, and then pump it up again with Hip to be Square. (Sure this one’s secular, but it has a good beat and Huey sings about getting in shape, to boot.) Speaking of boots (or at least dancing shoes), The Cry of the Celts from Lord of the Dance is a high-energy tune for the highest intensity portion of your aerobic session (or strength training set.) Proceed to cool down with Kitty Cleveland’s beautiful Ave Maria, until you are ready to surrender with Sharmane Adams’s I Surrender. Anton Bruckner was a devout Catholic composer of the 19th century and his Mass #1 is hauntingly beautiful and over a half hour long. Listen to it some day when you’re out taking a long walk.
May God bless you as you psyche up your minds, pump up your muscles, lift up your hearts (and give your ears a good workout in the process). Kevin Vost, Psy.D. READ MORE •••