We all have a favorite song. Some of us may crank up the music when working out or keep things more private by just singing in the shower. Either way, there is no doubt that music makes us feel good. And in some cases, it can even make us healthier. Music can relax the mind, energize the body, and even help manage pain.

Some studies show that listening to your favorite music can increase the release of positive hormones which can help with all kinds of things like:

Improved Brain Function

With more people working from home, it is likely that even more of us are listening to music while we work. Research suggests that playing music while you are working can help improve performance. One study found that playing upbeat music led to improvements in processing speed, while both upbeat and downbeat music led to enhanced memory.  

Now might be the time to fine-tune your work playlist with a combination of energetic and soulful tunes.

Reduced Stress

Listening to music can be a great way to cope with stress. You might choose a driving beat to fuel your workout or turn to a more Zen tune to soothe your mind and promote relaxation. Studies show that music has a positive impact on the human stress response, particularly targeting the nervous system.

Help with Depression

Music therapy can be a safe and effective treatment for a variety of disorders, including depression. While music can have an impact on mood, the type of music is also important. Classical and meditational music offers the greatest mood-boosting benefits, while heavy metal and techno music can increase feelings of anxiety. When choosing your playlist consider what emotion you are trying to tap into . . . are you looking to relax or are you looking for motivation to add that extra mile to your workout? Be sure to choose accordingly.

Curb Overeating

One of the most surprising benefits of music is that it might be a helpful weight-loss tool. If you are trying to lose weight, listening to mellow music and dimming the lights might help you curb your overeating.

Research suggests that calming music and lighting help create a more relaxed setting which helps you to eat more slowly and be more aware of when you start to feel full.

 Improved Endurance and Performance

So why does music boost workout performance? Listening to music while working out lowers your perception of how hard you are working. You’re working harder, but it doesn’t seem like you’re putting forth more effort. Because you’re jamming out to the music, you are less likely to notice the obvious signs of an intense workout such as increased breathing, sweating, and muscle soreness.

There is no doubt music can inspire and entertain, but it also has powerful effects that can improve your health and well-being. Choose your playlists to fit your task or mood and incorporate more music in your life! You might find that you feel more motivated, happy, and relaxed!

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