5 Surprising Benefits of Music

Whether you’re listening to your favorite pop playlist at the gym or lip-syncing during your commute, you may be surprised to learn that music can have some pretty amazing health perks. So put on your jam and keep reading to learn how you’re benefiting:

It helps you kill it at the gym.
Love her or hate her, those Ke$ha tracks your spin instructor added to the class playlist are helping you bike harder, according to research. Prefer the pool? Expect a boost in your lap time. And if you’re trying to get your 10,000 steps a day in or are training for your next marathon, motivational music will help you feel like you’re exerting less effort than you actually are.

It helps you sleep better.
Just stick to classical or ambient music, which has been shown to treat insomnia. Don’t want to leave anything up to chance? “Weightless” by English trio Marconi Union has been identified by scientists as the most relaxing song ever. “While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat. It is important that the song is eight minutes long because it takes about five minutes for this process, known as entrainment, to occur,” founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy Lyz Cooper explains on Apartment Therapy. You’ll also experience a fall in blood pressure, and since there’s no repeating melody, your brain can relax instead of anticipating what’s next in the song.

It helps you slim down.
Can’t say no to seconds…or thirds? Try listening to soft music when you’re having dinner at home—paired with dim lighting, it’s been
shown to help people slow down while eating and eat 18 percent less in one sitting.

It can improve your commute.
Road rage? Instead of flipping the bird, flip to your favorite radio station. Not only does driving performance not suffer in high-demand situations when you’re listening to music, your favorite songs can actually positively influence your mood, possibly leading to safer driving.

It helps you recover from health setbacks.
Two hours a day of music have been shown to improve verbal memory and attention in stroke patients. Coronary patients also saw benefits, with 30 minutes of music a day for 20 days leading to significant decreases in blood pressure, reduced stress, increased optimism and hope and more. Familiar, calming music has also been shown to reduce perceived intensity of pain in geriatric care and intensive care patients.

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118 comments

Richard A
Richard A3 months ago

It could be argued that music is naturally occurring in nature; If you can find a quiet enough spot to be still and listen, you may hear some.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thanks

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Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey2 years ago

Thanks

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc2 years ago

Listening to "Weightless" right now. Thanks.

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc2 years ago

Danke

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claudia S.
Claudia S2 years ago

Thank you

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

I've known this all my life.

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