Make your music match your workout routine.

Make your music match your workout routine. (Troels Graugaard, Getty Images)

Still, I was recently trying to psyche myself for a run in hideous below-zero weather, and I kept skipping through songs from the comfort of my home until I found "The Spirit of Radio" by Rush. Then I was out the door and going hard.

Music for running and cycling

I can listen to anything from Sarah McLachlan to Metallica. However, if I'm coming to a big hill and feel motivation waning, I may skip past a slow song to find something with a faster beat to push me up that hill. Songs I like for that include:

"Limelight" by Rush (I once interviewed the drummer about his fitness regimen for this column)

"Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin

"Shake it Out" by Florence and the Machine

"Month of May" by Arcade Fire

"Weapon" by Matthew Good

"Panama" by Van Halen

"Train in Vain" by The Clash

"Dark Night of the Soul" by Loreena McKennitt

"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones

"Pride" by U2

Music for weightlifting

Since I have a home gym with a stereo that has T-Rex-sized speakers, I crank it loud. Usually with lots of Rush to accompany the Rush poster on the wall. Because it's Rush.

However, I sometimes like to sing in between sets, so I pick songs like these for that:

"Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac

"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" by Elton John

"Layla" by Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominoes)

"Take it Easy" by The Eagles

"I Just Came Back (to Say Goodbye)" by Colin James