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.