A new study suggests that listening to music while working out can boost your workout times and help you stick to a training routine. Researchers found that those who are exercising while listening to their favorite tunes tend to work out longer than their peers who are not.
The findings can only add up to the past studies that found music is linked to healing properties especially when the person is under a lot of emotional or mental stress. Also, past research showed that music can influence the brain waves of animals too, not just humans’.
Researchers explained that music has a ‘feel-good’ effect, as it stimulates the brain to produce hormones that make you feel better and gives you a higher level of energy.
- Being sedentary has been often associated with a high risk of elevated levels of bad cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.
- Also, people who tend to stay inactive are more likely to pick up smoking, abuse alcohol or drugs.
- So, exercising more is critical for a healthy and long life.
Lead author Waseem Shami, a cardiologist at Texas Tech University Health Sciences, underlined that his team found evidence that music can motivate people to exercise more, which can keep heart disease at bay.
The study involved 127 people who had been diagnosed with heart disease. Participants were asked to use a treadmill for an ECG stress test. Some of them had upbeat music playing in their ears, while others exercised without music.
The music group had significantly longer exercise times than the control group. The difference between the two groups was about 50 seconds.
Experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate activity like swimming, dancing, brisk walking, playing tennis, or sustained housework most days. Researchers underlined that music seemed to help study participants not only exercise more, but also following a daily exercise routine.
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