Michael Jackson will always be known for not only his songwriting, singing and dancing, but for making the rest of us dance to his infectious beats. Add this short list of rump-shaking tunes to your iPod, grab your water bottle and hit the treadmill or elliptical for some major calorie burning benefits.
"The Way You Make Me Feel", released on the critically acclaimed Bad album sold over 30 million copies. This is a perfect warm-up or cool-down song for your workout. At 4 minutes and 57 seconds long this will give you the time you need to wake up those muscles and get your heart working. So girls, picture that famous video and strut your stuff on the treadmill.
"Smooth Criminal's" fast beat will really get you moving. This 4 minute and 17 second song from the Bad album is a bit faster than the rest of the songs on this list, so be sure to focus on proper form as it's easy to lose your concentration when you are trying to keep up with a fast paced tune.
"Thriller", from the album by the same name which went on to become the best selling album of all time brings back fond memories of first being terrified by the video, and then trying to learn the dance routine. This classic, iconic Michael Jackson song is 5 minutes and 57 seconds long. Increase the resistance on that elliptical or the incline on your treadmill to really feel the burn!
"Billie Jean", also from the Thriller album is a favorite among my girlfriends. It's just one of those songs you can't resist and at 4 minutes and 54 seconds it's a great low-intensity interval for your workout routine. Don't forget to stay hydrated.
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" from the Off the Wall album reminds me of one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes featuring a short compilation of scenes where Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine are dancing for various reasons. At 6 minutes and 5 seconds long, this final heart-pumping tune will stick with you for hours after your pulse has slowed. Tip: add "The Way You Make Me Fee" to the end of this list for a proper cool-down and an additional 5 minutes.
Intervals are a fantastic way to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time and at just over 26 minutes long, this play list will get your legs moving and your heart pumping. Feel free to adjust your cardio equipment of choice to challenge yourself with incline and resistance to create a tailored routine. No cardio equipment available? Clear a spot in your living room or bedroom, dim the lights and dance like nobody is watching. As long as you are moving, you are doing your heart a huge favor!