Add These 8 Songs to Your Playlist for a DIY Spin Class

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Ride a stationary bike at home or the gym and you’re likely to maintain the same medium-intensity speed the whole workout. It won’t get your heart revved—and it’s boring to boot. Even if you’re a group-cycling regular, it's tough to re-create the class experience on your own. Cycling instructors carefully make each playlist—paying close attention to each song’s beats per minute so riders pedal at various speeds throughout class—to imitate the sensation of going uphill, downhill, and fast on flat roads.

“When I create a playlist, I create a journey,” says Holly Rilinger, creative director of Cyc Fitness in New York City. She practically has a cult following for her high-energy, beat-based classes. To start her classes, Rilinger plays a song with a beat that eases students into the ride and lets them leave the day behind. Then throughout the class, she alternates between intense intervals and more slow-paced, chill moments. “When you have depth to your playlist, it allows you to switch gears,” she says. “The music is the wave that you ride. It’s your road map and your guide—it’s everything.”

Rilinger created the playlist below for an amped-up, rolling ride. Cue up these tracks to get a taste of her fan-favorite workout—and get a quality bike session anywhere.

1. "HEADING HOME (FEAT JOSEPH SALVAT)" BY GRYFFIN

Bumping at a quick 120 beats per minute, this song makes for an ideal warm-up. “Close your eyes, detach from your day, and pedal fast to spring ahead of the beat twice,” says Rilinger.

2. "LOVE ON THE BRAIN (DON DIABLO REMIX)" BY RIHANNA

Once your muscles are a little warm and your heart is pumping, settle into this 80-beats-per-minute song like a slow jog. “Get out of the saddle [seat] and groove to it,” says Rilinger. Make it more interesting: Lean back a bit to tap your butt against the seat with the beat, she says.

3. "INTO WAVES" BY A LITTLE NOTHING

At 60 beats per minute, this song is perfect for pedaling through a heavy climb (meaning, you should increase your bike's resistance here), says Rilinger: “Ride sitting or standing, up out of the saddle. Push during the chorus.”

4. "PAPER AEROPLANE" BY ANGUS & JULIA STONE

Think of riding along a flat road while pedaling to this song, which clocks in at 128 beats per minute. But don’t just sprint: Rilinger challenges you to crank up the resistance three times, for 30 seconds each interval, and try to keep pedaling to the beat each time.

5. "THUNDER" BY IMAGINE DRAGONS

You’ll slow it down a bit again with this 80-beat-per-minute song. Slowly dial up the resistance, riding in the saddle or standing up to jog as needed. Says Rillinger: “This song is everything—get lost in it!”

6. "IN MY MIND" BY MATY NOYES

Consider this song a fast jog. Pump up the fun by standing while you pedal and leaning back to tap the seat with your butt on the beat.

7. "SPACESHIP" BY COMET BLUE

Rilinger loves using this song, at 60 beats per minute, to mimic the climb up an incline. "Push against the beat during the chorus or add resistance and keep the beat,” she advises.

8. "SHAPE OF YOU (NATHAN C REMIX)" BY ED SHEERAN

Get ready for the grand finale. This upbeat tune will get you going like you’re sprinting along a flat, fast stretch of road. “Get out of the saddle and run when you feel it,” says Rilinger. “Lose your breath. Cross that finish line and live!”

10 Reusable Gifts for Your Eco-Friendliest Friend

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By this point, your eco-friendly pal probably has a reusable water bottle that accompanies them everywhere and some sturdy grocery totes that keep their plastic-bag count below par. Here are 10 other sustainable gift ideas that’ll help them in their conservation efforts.

1. Reusable Produce Bags; $13

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The complimentary plastic produce bags in grocery stores aren’t great, but neither is having all your spherical fruits and vegetables roll pell-mell down the checkout conveyor belt. Enter the perfect alternative: mesh bags that are nylon, lightweight, and even machine-washable.

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2. Animal Tea Infusers; $16

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Saying goodbye to disposable tea bags calls for a quality tea diffuser, and there’s really no reason why it shouldn’t be shaped like an adorable animal. This “ParTEA Pack” includes a hippo, platypus, otter, cat, and owl, which can all hang over the edge of a glass or mug. (In other words, you won’t have to fish them out with your fingers or dirty a spoon when your loose leaf is done steeping.)

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3. Rocketbook Smart Notebook; $25

Typing your notes on a tablet or laptop might save trees, but it doesn’t quite capture the feeling of writing on paper with a regular pen. The Rocketbook, on the other hand, does. After you’re finished filling a page with sketches, musings, or whatever else, you scan it into the Rocketbook app with your smartphone, wipe it clean with the microfiber cloth, and start again. This one also comes with a compatible pen, but any PILOT FriXion pens will do.

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4. Food Huggers; $13

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It’s hard to compete with the convenience of plastic wrap or tin foil when it comes to covering the exposed end of a piece of produce or an open tin can—and keeping those leftovers in food storage containers can take up valuable space in the fridge. This set of five silicone Food Huggers stretch to fit over a wide range of circular goods, from a lidless jar to half a lemon.

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5. Swiffer Mop Pads; $15

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Swiffers may be much less unwieldy than regular mops, but the disposable pads present a problem to anyone who likes to keep their trash output to a minimum. These machine-washable pads fasten to the bottom of any Swiffer WetJet, and the thick microfiber will trap dirt and dust instead of pushing it into corners. Each pad lasts for at least 100 uses, so you’d be saving your eco-friendly friend quite a bit of money, too.

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6. SodaStream for Sparkling Water; $69

A fondness for fizzy over flat water doesn’t have to mean buying it bottled. Not only does the SodaStream let you make seltzer at home, but it’s also small enough that it won’t take up too much precious counter space. SodaStream also sells flavor drops to give your home-brewed beverage even more flair—this pack from Amazon ($25) includes mango, orange, raspberry, lemon, and lime.

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7. Washable Lint Roller; $13

Roller dirty.iLifeTech/Amazon

There’s a good chance that anyone with a pet (or just an intense dislike for lint) has lint-rolled their way through countless sticky sheets. iLifeTech’s reusable roller boasts “the power of glue,” which doesn’t wear off even after you’ve washed it. Each one also comes with a 3-inch travel-sized version, so you can stay fuzz-free on the go.

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8. Countertop Compost Bin; $23

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Even if you keep a compost pile in your own backyard, it doesn’t make sense to dash outside every time you need to dump a food scrap. A countertop compost bin can come in handy, especially if it kills odors and blends in with your decor. This 1.3-gallon pail does both. It’s made of stainless steel—which matches just about everything—and contains an activated-charcoal filter that prevents rancid peels and juices from stinking up your kitchen.

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9. Fabric-Softening Dryer Balls; $17

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Nobody likes starchy, scratchy clothes, but some people might like blowing through bottles of fabric softener and boxes of dryer sheets even less. Smart Sheep is here to offer a solution: wool dryer balls. Not only do they last for more than 1000 loads, they also dry your laundry faster. And since they don’t contain any chemicals, fragrances, or synthetic materials, they’re a doubly great option for people with allergies and/or sensitive skin.

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10. Rechargeable Batteries; $40

Say goodbye to loose batteries in your junk drawer.eneloop/Amazon

While plenty of devices are rechargeable themselves, others still require batteries to buzz, whir, and change the TV channel—so it’s good to have some rechargeable batteries on hand. In addition to AA batteries, AAA batteries, and a charger, this case from Panasonic comes with tiny canisters that function as C and D batteries when you slip the smaller batteries into them.

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The Reusable Rocketbook Smart Notebook Is the Ultimate Recycling Move

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You may be conscientious of your environmental footprint, but some habits are tough to change, like transitioning from writing notes on paper to typing notes and saving trees. There’s just something about physically writing with a pen and paper that’s fulfilling, engages your memory, and just feels right. You can keep jotting without the guilt on this smart reusable notebook from Rocketbook that translates all of your written text to your favorite cloud services so you can recycle the pages to use again and again.

Once you start using cloud storage for notes, it’ll be hard to go back. You’ll have every song lyric, appointment, and list of directions you jot down anywhere you have internet access (which is basically everywhere these days). The set comes with 42 pages for various uses, like calendars and to-do lists that wipe clean with a damp cloth to reuse after you save your notes to the cloud.

One of the reasons it’s hard to ditch traditional pen and paper is the feeling of your favorite writing utensil gliding on the page. This set comes with a FriXion pen that writes smoothly on the synthetic paper just like the old-fashioned way—except you can’t misplace or ruin these notes in a shuffle or coffee spill since everything will be stored digitally. It’s better for the environment and kind of like an insurance plan on your personal thoughts and notes.

For a limited time, you can replace all of your archaic and environmentally wasteful notebooks with one easy set. Score the Rocketbook Fusion Executive book in black, the Rocketbook Mini in black, two FriXion pens, and two microfiber cloths for wiping with a 12 percent discount. You’ll get unlimited paper from the sleek large and small black notebooks for just $44.

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