Wellness Wednesday: Tune Up Your Health with Music

Believe it or not, music affects us all, from how we feel to how we function. Music can play a major role in your life and the life of your family. It’s beneficial to your health, mood and lifestyle!

Good music can perk up your mood when you’re down, or if you are like me, help you get those tears out when you need a good cry.

Music is a motivator for those trying to lose weight, or just get healthier. It amps you up during your exercise routine and the rhythm of some fast paced jams can help you to workout harder. Some studies suggest that those who exercise to music tend to get a better workout than those who exercise without music. Music can help your brain to focus during your workouts and stay on track.

Music has also been linked to better memory skills, and increases your ability to process and comprehend materials more quickly. They believe this is because when you listen to, study or play music your brain has more interaction between the left and right lobes. It’s these transmissions between both halves of your brain that are a great mental exercise and help to improve your memorization and learning abilities.

Music is also great to help alleviate stress factors. The right tune can help to soothe and relax you after a rough day. Music is an excellent medium for you to express exactly how you’re feeling. If you listen to music that you associate with feeling happy then when you’re stressed out and overworked listening to that particular song, or CD, can link to that happy association in your mind–making you feel much better.

Music is fun, relaxing and all around beneficial, so pop on a tune and just take a moment for you. You’ll be glad you did!

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