Enjoy the Health Benefits of Music

Research has shown that music can have a significant impact on our body, mind and mood. While music therapy often centers on the action of making music, simply listening to music can be beneficial too. The season of outdoor music festivals and summer concerts is upon us - a wonderful time to find ways to incorporate music into your life! Here are some tips to help music help you!

  • Tap Your Foot: Researchers you can increase the impact of music on your body and mind by actively participating in the music - this can be accomplished by simply humming and tapping your foot to the beat.
  • Motivation: A study of male college students found that the participants worked harder riding stationary bikes while listening to music with a fast rhythm.
  • Match Your Rhythm: Help set the rhythm of your run or workout routine by choosing music with a rhythm that is in time with your pace.
  • Recover Slowly: Likewise, slower music at the end of a workout has been shown to help your body recover and cool down.
  • Savor Your Food: The same principle works while you are eating a meal too - listening to slower music while you dine will subconsciously encourage you to eat slower, improving digestion and potentially leading you to consume fewer calories.
  • Improve Blood Flow: Listening to music has been shown to have a healthy effect on blood vessels, increasing blood flow.
  • Relieve Stress: Listening to music triggers biochemical stress reducers that alleviate tension.
  • Elevate Your Mood: Various studies have shown that listening to upbeat or soothing music before, during and after high stress situations (sports competitions, driving in traffic, and even before and after surgery or cancer treatments) can improve your mood as well as your ability to focus and perform well.

Get your dose of music medicine at the Palladio Summer Concert Series! Enjoy this year's outstanding concert line up, kicking off Saturday May 30 and continuing every Wednesday after, through August. It's all free and happening at the Palladio at Broadstone in Folsom!

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