Listening to music is an extraordinary activity that stimulates the senses and invigorates the mind. It builds your intellect, improves your memory retention and enhances your focus. It can also play a vital role in managing behavioral coordination. But not all effects of music are soothing. Loud and booming music can actually cause a headache. Classical music has the most advantages on the physical and mental health of human beings.
Music, just like caffeine, can help you stay awake and also increase brain functionality.
According to the University of Brunei, high-paced music increased the endurance levels of runners. Music during exercise improves mood and encourages you to perform better. Music makes you work harder and you can perform physically tough exercises easily by calming and controlling your senses with music.
Since music has a profound effect on workouts, it has an indirect effect on the metabolic rates. Exercise speeds up the metabolism, so the harder you work out, and the speedier your metabolism gets, shedding weight and toning up your body. Music increases the serotonin levels and lowers cortisol levels, improving your mood and enhancing energy levels. Increased serotonin levels are associated with better metabolic rate.
If you try to lose weight with a relaxed frame of mind, you can lose weight faster. A tensed and strained mind may lead to weight gain, whereas music calms the senses and helps melt the flab. According to the International Journal of Neuroscience, twelve weeks of dance sessions stimulate serotonin levels and can help curb sugar cravings, maintain weight and aid the body in the weight loss process.
An experiment conducted among restaurateurs over 18 days showed people spent more time in the restaurant when they heard classical music as compared to no music. This proves the effects of music on people when they are sitting. The effects of music may not be directly responsible for weight gain or loss but it contributes to all those factors that affect the metabolic rate. We often associate a feeling with a song and when we hear that song again, all the feelings attached to it are replayed in our mind, stimulating the senses and recalling memories.
If those memories remind us of happy times, we are inclined to stay motivated and energetic but if those memories make us feel blue, then we may binge on high-fat and high-carbohydrate food. The effects of music are soothing and calming. It shakes our creative juices and helps us develop a new perspective in life. However, what type of music is heard during or after food intake determines how the metabolic rate is affected, even when you are sitting.