Listening to music during exercise puts you in a better mood


Listening to music while exercising puts you in a better mood and improves brain function, study finds

  • Thirty-three young adults worked out either to music or a series of beeps 
  • Those who listened to music while working out were in a better mood afterwards
  • They also had improved cognitive function and performed better in a brain test  

Those seeking the maximum mood boost following a period of exercise should listen to music while they work out, a study reveals. 

People commonly wear headphones during a weights session, on a run or while out on a bike ride and scientists found there are clear physical benefits to this. 

The presence of music blaring into the brain while you push your body to burn off a few calories improves mood and cognitive function, researchers found. 

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People commonly wear headphones during a weights session, on a run or while out on a bike ride and scientists found there are clear physical benefits to this (stock)

People commonly wear headphones during a weights session, on a run or while out on a bike ride and scientists found there are clear physical benefits to this (stock)

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba assessed the mood of 33 young adults immediately after they finished exercising. 

They either listened to music or a series of of beeps. 

As well as being graded on a ‘mood scale’, they also conducted a brain task to see how the period of exertion impacted their cognitive performance.  

Music could be the secret to eating less 

Listening to slow and steady music while eating slows down food intake, a new study suggests. 

Humans have a tendency to subconsciously eat to the beat of the music. 

When the music played is slow and legato, this amplifies the effect and further reduces food consumption.  

Scientists say the findings could be used by schools or restaurants as a way to control consumption. 

The results found that those who listened to music were in a better mood and performed better in the brain task.   

‘Exercise with music elicited greater enhancement of a positive mood (vitality) than did exercise with beeps,’ the researchers write in the study. 

Previous research has found exercise increases activity in a specific part of the brain called the dorsolateral part of the prefrontal cortex (DLPFC).

It is known this region of the brain, when activated, results in improved executive performance. 

‘We found significant associations between a positive mood induced by exercise with music, improved executive performance and increased activation in the l-DLPFC,’ the researchers write. 

‘This is the first study to suggest that exercise-induced positive mood has an impact not only on future physical activity, but also on the cognitive benefits of exercise.’

The findings are published in the journal Neuroscience.  





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