Music’s Affect on HealthPosted: February 27, 2014
By Trish Ryan, founder of Time for Dinner, a service to help you simplify the meal planning process and enjoy healthy meals with your family.
When it comes to your health, music hits the right note.
Music can instantly help calm you. After a long, stressful day, hit the play button and you may immediately start to feel some tension release in your body.
It’s a personal tool. You choose the music that makes you feel good. Only you can know what type will positively affect your mood and benefit your body best. It has been proven, however, that even small notes like chirping from birds and the sound rushing from waterfalls can help you unwind.
- Research proves that music with a strong beat can stimulate brainwaves to resonate in sync with the beat. With faster beats bringing sharper concentration and more alert thinking, while a slower tempo promotes a calm, meditative state.
- When music affects the brains waves, it also changes body functions. It causes slower breathing, slower heart rate and an activation of the relaxation response.
- Music has also shown to increase creativity and optimism levels, which can help keep depression and anxiety at bay.
- Varies studies have shown, in part from all of the reasons above, music can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and heart problems, boost immunity and eases muscle tension.
The takeaway? It’s time to power on the tunes. Consider:
When exercising: Listen to your favorite music when working out and you’ll get double the benefits. Choose an up-tempo playlist, which is more likely to power you through a tough stretch on the treadmill or an upcoming hill and help you burn extra calories.
At the Office: Choose something more mellow when hammering away at your desk. Research shows that this can help to increase focus and concentration, thus increasing productivity.
While Cooking: Cooking in itself can be a de-stressing activity. The rhythmic chopping of onions and garlic can help the anxiety fade away. But on days when you find yourself too tired to cook, music can come to your rescue. Try putting on your favorite track and notice how it can transform cooking into an enjoyable, re-energizing activity. This will elevate your mood and, in turn, help you enjoy the evening with your family.
Preparing healthy meals for your family is important, as it may be the one time a day when you can all sit down and share time together. A meal planning service like Time for Dinner can help make preparing healthy and delicious meals easier for your family.
Time for Dinner members are provided recipes for five simple, healthy meals including side dishes each week. Meal plans are created to be efficient and eliminate waste. Ingredients are maximized to create balanced dinners that play off each other. Members are also provided with an organized shopping list, cost estimates to help keep you on budget, a list of pantry items you will need, and guides to meal preparation. Time for Dinner is a great tool to help you avoid pitfalls and stay on track with healthy eating.
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