Staying Healthy in Madrid

It’s important to take care of yourself, especially when you are over 6,000 km away from your family and main support network. Something that has helped and is also a good stress reliever is staying active. I joined a gym here in Madrid when I was training for the half-marathon last Spring and I believe it’s helped me as far as health and focus. Also, today I am stronger and at least ten pounds lighter than last year. I believe this is due to the change in foods I eat and some working out.

At the gym I frequent, I see all ages, but it’s in a university area so there are many people around my age. It costs 99 euros for three months, so it’s not too bad. Normally I mix weight training and cardio each visit. I’ve been using something called HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) for part of my treadmill runs. Last week I made it to the gym three times and I ran around Retiro this morning.

I’m normally pretty shy while I’m in the gym. I don’t talk to other people and just keep my headphones in. I’ve noticed if I don’t bring my music there is no way I can get a good run in.

I listen to a crazy range of music, but here are ten songs that keep myself going on the treadmill.

Something Bigger, Something Better  – Amanda Blank

Hold On – Rusko

Sexy Results – MSTRKRFT

Hustler – Simian Mobile Disco

Momma’s Place – Roisin Murphy

Play Hard – David Guetta

On the Run – The Qemists

Crush on You – NERO

Molly – Cedric Gervais

Beam Me Up – CAZZETTE

 

What do you do to stay healthy? Do you have any songs that keep you moving?

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