From our earliest capability to listen up to our final moments of clarity, music is a part of our lives. In almost every occasion, music transforms dull moments into more interesting circumstances.
Days after the Valentine’s, you may find your emotions strained. Whether it is because of a romantic heartbreak, or that familiar pang of sadness that may or may have nothing to do with romance, listening to music is almost therapeutic, and comes with multiple health-related merits.
Music for the body
Christopher Marcelo is a Filipino licensed personal trainer based in California. Training enables him to meet varied clients: from a person who had undergone a knee operation and is seeking to lose weight (so that his knee can support his weight) to local businessmen just wanting to stay fit. The common denominator in Chris’s training sessions is that music is played while they are conducted: “Boring ‘pag walang sounds. Hindi sila gaganahan.” (It’s boring without music, they won’t be as motivated).
And while we’re on it, you might want to know the music trends that pump people up in today’s fitness industry. In a report published earlier this year by Spotify, currently the world’s most popular music streaming service, there are over 43.5 million workout-themed playlists on the platform. For 2018, ‘’Till I Collapse’ by Eminem tops the men’s go-to list of motivational songs, while ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars is women’s primary choice.
As the largest driver of revenue to the music business today, Spotify has also seen a trend in several fitness activities that grew the most in 2018, among which are cryotherapy or ice bath, interval training, yoga, jumprope, and aerobics among others.
Music for the mind
Mental health is a serious matter. In the United States, one in every four adults suffers from a mental illness each year. Only 40 percent of those adults have access to treatment via public health funding. For said reason, alternative therapies have sprung up.
According to clinical psychologist Michael Friedman, research has shown that either listening to or playing music can treat mental health problems. Moreover, it has been known to alleviate anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. The reason for music’s efficacy as a reliever is manifold: Music can lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, as well as reduce heart rate.
Music for the soul
A cancer is sometimes diagnosed at a late stage, and the patient has few months to live. For the patient’s relatives, the imperative is to provide him—or her—with as much comfort while still alive. One such need, or option for some, is chemotherapy.
Harvard Medical School has reported that music can reduce anxiety while also quelling nausea and vomiting—which are usual reactions of patients undergoing chemo.
Even young people will grow old and be susceptible to illnesses, or have a family member who gets sick. When that happens, music becomes a temporary escape for comfort.
With reports from Kevin Rebultan.
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