Music inspires exercise. Think of “Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky (and most recently the Philadelphia Eagles). Too often we think of exercise only as activities that are exhausting and make you sweat profusely but there can also be a listening exercise, or at least listening as a component of exercise.
Listening to music while exercising may help you work out for a longer period than those who do not listen to music. According to a study that is to be presented at the American College of Cardiology, music can have a powerful impact on our mood, signaling the brain to release feel-good and energy-boosting chemicals. Being inactive or not exercising ranks along high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, smoking and obesity as some of the five major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
According to the researchers, on a small scale, this study provides some evidence that music may help serve as an extra tool to help motivate someone to exercise more that is critical to heart health. For the study, the team of researchers randomly selected 127 heart patients in two groups for a routine electrocardiogram treadmill stress test and assigned to either listen to up-tempo music or have no music playing during their stress tests.
The results showed that the exercise time was significantly longer in the music group as compared to the control group. Adults require at least 30 minutes of moderate activity most days, including taking a brisk walk, playing outdoor sport, swimming, riding a bicycle, aerobics or just about any physical activity.
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