Campus Commons PT - June 2021


Whether summer temperatures drive you to work outside or simply make you want to move indoors where the air conditioner is blasting, having an upbeat playlist can help you quickly pass the time and feel good, too. There’s no better way to learn how to put together a motivational playlist than to ask a pro. Peloton’s bikes and treadmills are wildly popular, but now, users are working out through their app because of the high-energy instructors, many of whom have become known for their amazing playlists. Here are two instructors’ tips to put together a killer playlist. MIX IT UP Instructor Leanne Hainsby is known for the eclectic, feel-good songs that keep people pedaling hard in her cycling classes. Hainsby credits her vast musical tastes to her time as a dancer, which expanded her playlist for workout music.

Which songs make the cut? Ones that inspire. “I think people will be so surprised by how much they will push themselves when they’re moved by the feeling of a song or how the music makes them feel,” she says. It doesn’t matter if it’s ambient electronic music or a lilting Johnny Cash tune, both of which can be found routinely on Hainby’s cycling playlists. MAKE IT THEMED Whether you’re obsessed with ‘90s pop, classic rock jams, or David Bowie, you can use a theme to create workout playlists you’ll love. This is a great trick pros like Peloton instructor Christine D’Ercole use. D’Ercole is beloved by many for her themed classes, which range from an indie rock beginners’ ride to a fan-favorite all ‘90s ride. She also has holiday-themed playlists, like the one for her Women’s History Month ride in March that featured only female artists.

You can always hop onto Spotify and check out the Peloton page to see all of their instructors’ recent playlists. Use this for inspiration to create your own list or stream whichever compilation catches your attention for your next workout.


WHAT IS HEATSTROKE, AND WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? Heatstroke can result from too much physical activity on a hot day, typically causing the body’s temperature to spike to 104 degrees F or above. While we at Campus Commons are not qualified to diagnose or treat heatstroke, we can list a few symptoms to watch out for. Those include racing heartbeat, rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, and confusion. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms after exerting yourself in the hot sun, seek the help of a medical professional. HOW CAN I PREVENT HEATSTROKE? Fortunately, heatstroke is something you can prevent if you take the correct precautions when planning your outdoor workout. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those include:

Wearing sunscreen and loose, light-colored clothing. Wearing tight clothing or too many layers can lead to overheating. Cooling down from your workout with a cold shower or bath. While you might be used to taking a hot shower, it won’t be as effective in regulating your body temperature. Scheduling your workouts for a cooler part of the day, if you can. Mornings and evenings will bring much cooler weather than the middle of the day. Unless absolutely necessary, it’s best to just stay indoors during those times.

Even as the country continues to steadily reopen and more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you might still feel more inclined to do your exercise routine outside, if possible. However, the warm days and inviting weather bely a real danger associated with overexertion in high temperatures: heatstroke.

We’re excited to see so many people continuing to stay active as the weather gets warmer, and we hope you stay safe. For any chronic soreness or injuries that might occur when you play sports or work out, give Campus Commons a call at (916) 927-1333 or send us a message through our website at

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