Drummers bring music and music is therapeutic and calming as well as energizing and motivating. Think about what life would be like without music. How would you know when to be scared, anxious, or cry during a movie? How boring would the school dance have been? What would the new bride and groom do at their reception? Imaging what your Step Aerobics class would be like, or your indoor cycling class?
I love my iPod, iTunes and even the old-fashioned radio. I listen to my iPod on the bus commuting to and from work, while walking from my office to my class, and while I’m standing at the bus stop waiting for the bus. I listen music in my car and while I am cleaning. I couldn’t imagine running in an event without music. Growing up in a household of record albums, from the Beach Boys to Beethoven, music was more present than the television.
Therapeutic and Calming
Music distracts some people, others use it for background while studying or to help them relax during a massage or yoga practice. Music is a recognized therapy too, similar to pet therapy. Music therapy is a recognized profession, with a credentialing board and evidenced based practice. Music therapy is used in hospitals, schools, nursing homes and psychiatric facilities. In qualified cases, music therapy is a reimbursable treatment for certain medical conditions. Music can alleviate pain, induce sleep, and reduce muscle tension, inducing relaxation. To learn more about music therapy, go to the American Music Therapy Association website, or review their journals, Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives.
Energizing and Motivating
Think about your experience at the gym or fitness class. Think about doing a cardio activity such as running or cycling. Think about dancing; the more upbeat the music, the more energizing and motivating people tend to feel. Research is ongoing with the effect of music and exercise, but evidence suggest that non-professional runners benefit by helping people go longer and faster. See a debate here from the December 2010 issue of Runners World.
One of my fellow dietitians, Wendy Jo Peterson, is the Fuelin’ Roadie ™. She focuses on musicians and nutrition: fueling the athlete in every musician. In October, the Roadie Nutritionist collected from her fans their favorite motivating music. Check it out here. I am one of the fans…
Not everyone agrees with walking, running or outdoor cycling with music or headphones, mostly because of safety issues. However, there are headphones available that provides stereo music into one earbud. Most headphones/earbuds require you to have two earbuds to hear quality stereo music, but the company One Good Earbud delivers the full stereo music safely in just that: one earbud.
I acknowledge that not everyone finds music calming and relaxing or energizing and motivating. I’m sure my parents didn’t when I was learning how to play the clarinet in middle–school.
If you enjoy music have a musical holiday! To all my readers, thank you and Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano) and Mele Kalikimaka (Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters).