DAVID GREENE, HOST:
And now, the latest in our series about the music that makes you move. It's the Ultimate NPR Workout Mix. And today, we're hearing from Mike Caldwell, the mayor of Ogden, Utah near Salt Lake. He may well be the fittest mayor in America.
MAYOR MIKE CALDWELL: I've raced mountain bikes competitively, now, for probably 26 years; got into triathlons about eight years ago where we live in Ogden, Utah. We're right next to the mountains. We've got a big reservoir and it really lends itself to being a, you know, a triathlete or mountain kind of sports person.
GREENE: Now, before Caldwell became mayor earlier this year, he liked exercising at lunch. But now he has the demands of both job and family, so he has to get up very early to still fit a workout in. He's given his scheduler strict orders never to book him between 4:30 and 5:30 AM - that's when he goes to the gym.
CALDWELL: That is probably one of the most important things I do with my day. If I don't get exercise, I'm not as quick on my feet. The stresses of the day just seem to compound themselves. I'm less patient with my kids and my family. This job would be far, far too difficult if you didn't have some outlets and ways to keep your feet on the ground.
GREENE: OK, now to the music. What gets Caldwell moving that early in the morning, how about some AC/DC, "Hell's Bells?"
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HELL'S BELLS")
BRIAN JOHNSON: (Singing) Hell's bells. Yeah, Hell's bells. You got me ringin' Hell's bells.
GREENE: And Mayor Caldwell's next pick for The Ultimate NPR Workout Mix is "I Will Possess Your Heart," from Death Cab for Cutie.
CALDWELL: That's got a nice ramp up and a real good rhythm. So when I'm out pedaling or riding, it really is one of those songs that just completely focuses me.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I WILL POSSESS YOUR HEART")
BEN GIBBARD: (Singing) There are days when outside your window, I see my reflection as I slowly pass. And I long for this mirrored perspective, when we will be lovers - lovers at last.
GREENE: And the mayor's final selection, how about a little Foo Fighters "The Pretender"?
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE PRETENDERS")
DAVE GROHL: (Singing) What if I say I'm not like the others? What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays? You're the pretender. What if I say I'll never surrender?
GREENE: Those selections from Mayor Mike Caldwell from Ogden, Utah, he joins quite a list of people have contributed to the NPR Workout Mix, from IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman to L.A. Laker, Matt Barnes. You can move along to the mix at NPRMusic.org.
This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.
And I'm Renee Montagne.
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