10 Magical Benefits of Music

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6. Motivates You to Work Out Harder

Studies have shown that playing upbeat music while biking, running, jogging, or doing other types of workout programs, made people work out harder and longer than those who did not listen to music.

Not only did playing music seem to improve their motivation, the study subjects also stated that they enjoyed the music more.

 

7.  Heart Healthy

You may have already heard, or read about, the fact laughter is good for your heart but did you know that music has the same effect? Emotions that are stimulated by happy, upbeat music have a healthy effect on your blood vessels.

Research showed that blood vessel diameter increased a whopping 26 percent after listening to happy, energetic music.  So it appears that pumping up the volume also pumps up the blood vessels!

 

8.  Relieves Depression

When you have the blues, music can go a long way towards picking you up, most people know this, but did you know that the type of music you play matters? Classical music or meditative sounds, such as New Age music, seems to have an uplifting effect, whereas acid rock, heavy metal, and techno seem to make depression symptoms worse.

So put away that Black Sabbath CD and pull out Yanni if you want to put a smile back on your face.

 

9. Improves Sleep

A study done with subjects who had sleep issues found that listening to classical music before bedtime was found to reduce their sleep problems. Most likely because music can lower anxiety levels and blood pressure, as well as heart beat and respiration, it allows the body to relax while it distracts and soothes the mind. Read more about sleep deprivation.

 

10. Reduce Anxiety

One research study found that the effect music has on your anxiety levels is almost the same as when you get a massage. So perhaps you should give a gift to yourself by bringing along your favorite chill tunes to your next massage session.

Double the pleasure and double your relaxation level. Now that’s a tune everyone can relate to!

Sources:

Usatoday.com

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