Music has many benefits on our mood, it reduces stress and calms pain, while it can also influence our health, both physical and mental, it helps the brain to form patterns, which favors memory, it also promotes sleep and can benefit patients with depressive symptoms, improves circulation and encourages optimism.
But the benefits that we can obtain from it when it comes to losing weight and how the right music can help us achieve our goals when it comes to losing weight are less well known.
Music can influence our diet and weight loss. According to research from the DYM Institute, in Spain, one in five people diet regularly, but surely not all of them know the importance of having an adequate soundtrack.
If we can’t do some physical activity, we can put on music while we do housework. (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Meanwhile, as confirmed by a study published in The Journal of the Academy Marketing Science, the music we listen to can influence the menu we select at mealtime. The report ensures that when listening to slow and low volume music, people tend to eat healthier, while when it is more active and at a high volume, instead of eating a balanced diet, they tend to choose more caloric and unhealthy foods. .
Music and physical exercise, a great team
Despite all the benefits that music has, listening to it while we exercise will not automatically make us stars in the sport we are practicing, but it can help us improve concentration, prevent us from being distracted by other noises, feel more motivated and minimize the feeling of fatigue. In addition, music helps set the pace at which we train.
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In fact, in a study at Brunel University in London they investigated this and came to the conclusion that the rhythm of music can guide a workout, making it more effective. As indicated, songs of about 120 BPM (beats per minute) are recommended for an aerobic warm-up, 110-128 for strength exercises and 160 for cardiovascular training.
Listening to music while exercising not only helps with motivation and pacing, but can also make the results more effective, especially in the case of fat loss, as evidenced in the documentary Trust me , I’m a Doctor, from the BBC.
In it, they carried out an experiment in which they compared the results obtained between people who walked to the rhythm of the music and those who did not. Some walked 10,000 steps only with the company of their pedometer to count the steps, the others walked for 30 minutes while listening to music, both walking at a good pace.
Going for a run and listening to music has health benefits. (Photo: Adobe Stock)
The results showed that those who walked while listening to music did so more vigorously and managed to reduce their body fat more than the other group (2.4% compared to 1.8% who managed to reduce the others).
Music not only has benefits for our mind, it can also be key to the health of our body and a great help when it comes to losing weight, as part of a balanced diet and physical exercise. Of course, a good playlist will never replace the recommendations of a professional in the sector, who will be in charge of developing the best strategy when it comes to helping us lose weight, taking into account all the necessary factors and not just the best known ones.