Music: Fine-tune your health

Forget the crash diets – music can make you healthy Download Adobe 2017 cc! Classic, rock, jazz…whatever your taste in music may be, it doesn’t matter – you listen to it because you enjoy it, but did you know it can also give you a better quality of life?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your workload? Take a second and pop on some of your favourite music and just listen for a few minutes…you’re feeling better, right? Music has many health benefits – let’s take a look.

Turn up the volume on your exercise programme

Everyone has that voice in their head that says, “I’ll exercise tomorrow, not today” and the next day you regret it. Well, you can find your motivation by simply connecting your headphones to a music-playing device.

Motivational, upbeat music will help you power through your training sessions because part of your brain known as the ‘reward centre’ is activated; your focus will be fine-tuned and time will fly by.

Music beats stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety affects us all: Maybe it’s tight deadlines, final exams or personal issues that are stressing you out? Whatever it may be, we have your remedy.

Music is the perfect medicine – with no listed side-effects! With every beat, you’ll begin to feel better, slowing down the release of the stress hormone, cortisol.

Music has been shown to bring down the levels of cortisol being produced. So, next time you’re in a stressful situation, just press play!

Let music take away the pain

Yes, you heard right. Some researchers believe that music can help with pain management. The tones and lyrics of your favourite tracks have the ability to tell your brain to release dopamine (also called the ‘feel good hormone’.) This takes your brain’s focus off the pain.

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Many people who are recovering from surgery have commented that listening to music acts like a pain killer and helps them manage any pain they were feeling.

Vitamin M – your best immune system booster!

You’ve heard vitamin A, B, C and D are good for you; well, now add Vitamin M (for music) to the list. Music can help improve the functioning of your immune system.

Your immune system is your body’s defence system. The soldiers are known as antibodies battling and protecting you from diseases. The antibody called IgA is very important to winning the fight and soothing music increases its power. The defence system wins, game over!

Fall sound asleep

You’re feeling very tired, but you can’t seem to sleep, sound familiar? There are many physical and psychological issues that can affect your sleep – but, instead of popping a pill, put on some music.

It sounds crazy, but playing specific types of music have been shown to help you relax, putting you in a state that allows you to fall asleep.

Music that has a slow tempo (the speed at which the music is played) is said to be the best for putting your body in relaxation mode – but make sure that you select music that:

  • You enjoy (if you don’t like it, it may distract you)
  • Has soft vocals or none at all

If you suffer from insomnia, this is an excellent treatment option for you. Many researchers believe that music works better than sleep medication.

So, the next time you’re asked to remove your headphones, you’ve got a whole list of new reasons to keep the tunes flowing.

Sources: Huffington Post, Greatist.com, Collective Evolution, Discovery, Sleep-Centre, Time for Wellness