This month’s edition of The Beat Surrender is packed full of information, reviews and interviews with your favourite bands. So, where should you begin? Well, we think that our interviews with Akira The Don and Husky Review are as good a place as any!

Akira The Don are interviewed this month

As ever, we look to delve deep into musicians pasts, allowing us to make the most of the present and seek some enlightenment into the future. That’s what we like to tell ourselves, anyway!

But we don’t just concentrate on the latest, great new music. Although that’s central to what we do, we’re also here to answer your queries. So, without further ado…let’s present our answer to your question of the month:

This month’s question comes from Tom Slater, who’s based in Coventry. Tom asks something that we’ve seen crop up a few times in the email inbox: What’s the best music to exercise to?

Fortunately, Tom’s come to the right place. We love music, but it’s important to keep in shape too. So how can you combine the two to create a suitable mix of harmony? It can be done, with a little bit of thought.

Tom (or someone like him!) exercising to music

First up, the music that you choose is likely depend upon the style of exercise. If you’re in the midst of a boxing session, for example, that you may want something that’s vibrant and update. If you’re going down the yoga route, on the other hand, then we appreciate that this may not be quite so appropriate.

For many us, there is a somewhat simple equation: exercise = running. There, we’ve said it! Running is the staple of many exercise regimes, whether you are into marathons, or prefer the privacy of your own home. For our part, we don’t reckon you can beat running in the garage on the Reebok Jet 100 or even, as an alternative, using a funky JLL S300 folding model.

Have your eyes glazed over? Have we lost you at this point? Don’t worry – this was all a mystery to your intrepid correspondent until relatively recently. What I’m talking about here is running machines, otherwise known as treadmills.

The beauty of a treadmill is that it allows you to exercise every day (if you so wish), without leaving the undoubted comfort of your own home. That’s really important, if you don’t like to get outside when it’s wet, windy or cold. It’s also important if you prefer to avoid being seen running, which I appreciate that some people have to consider.

Anyway, if you do like the idea of owning a treadmill, then you’ll soon discover that there are loads of options. I mentioned two above, but I could just have easily suggested the Premierfit T100 motorised electric treadmill, or even the Proform 705 CST. Have you noticed that I’m showing off now? In fact, I’ve had a bit of help along the way: the guys over at Shop Farinellis treadmills pointed me in the direction of their reviews, before I weighed up which machine to purchase.

But I digress. We’ve established that running is popular, but what on earth are you going to run to? Here are my top 10 running tunes:

  • Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen (had to be one the list)
  • Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
  • Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Fast Punk
  • Peace of Mind – Boston
  • Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie (what a beat!)
  • Eye of the Tiger – Survivor (just like Rocky!)
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
  • Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
  • Damnit – Blink 182
  • Hater – Korn

I tell you what, Tom, if you can’t exercise to that selection, then you can’t exercise to anything! Hop on that treadmill, plug in the music and get going!