There’s nothing quite like the strains of a familiar melody to get your body moving on the dance floor, bring back a distant memory, or lift your spirits when you’re feeling down. We all love rocking out to our favorite tunes, but it turns out that music actually does a body good. That’s correct: science is continually uncovering more and more data that suggests that music isn’t just good for the soul; it’s also great for your physical and mental health.
Music Boosts Athletic Endurance and Performance
As anyone who’s ever tried to stick to a fitness routine knows, it can be difficult to stay motivated. When you’re feeling low-energy, it’s really tempting to take a few shortcuts on your daily jog or reroute your bike ride to avoid those strenuous hills. A 2010 study published by the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science and Sports found that healthy male college students who listened to fast music pedaled stationary bikes at a substantially faster clip than those who listened to slow music, and that they reported lower levels of physical exertion.
Dementia is a difficult condition to cope with, not just for the person suffering from it, but also for the people around them. Elderly folks with dementia may forget those closest to them, and their lapses in memory and judgement can drastically compromise their quality of life, and may even put them in danger. Those with dementia often require extensive and costly care, as their condition renders them increasingly unable to address their own needs.
When the clouds clear after a long, dreary winter, most of our thoughts turn to enjoying the great outdoors. We start planning camping trips, hiking excursions, and weekends at the coast. And if we can’t spare the time away to embark on extended getaways, chances are excellent that we’ll at least initiate a backyard BBQ or invite some of our favorite people to go for a picnic lunch.
We all know how nice picnics can be: what could be better than dining in the great outdoors when the birds are chirping, the squirrels are playing tag, and the rhododendrons are exploding into color?
As it turns out, eating outside is good for more than just a change of lunchtime scenery. It’s also good for your health. Unless you’re picnicking on soda and deep-fried Twinkies, in which case, stop that.
Spring is a time for renewal. Your neighborhood animals are coming out of hiding, often with youngsters in tow. The rhododendrons are blooming, festooning their limbs in violet, magenta, pink, and white blossoms. Your neighbors are planting broccoli, endives, spinach, and arugula. You may be thinking about dedicating a day to getting your house clean as a whistle, and gathering a pile of old clothes to donate, clearing room for your new spring wardrobe in the process.
But what about your body? Spring is also an excellent time to focus on getting and staying healthy. What can you do to make Spring a time of cleansing and renewal for your health as well as your home?