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Music is good for your health

Research is showing that music may also help our physical being.

Music works on the autonomic nervous system - the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling our blood pressure, heartbeat and brain function.

When calm, slow rhythms, such as in classical music, are played, our blood pressure and heartbeat slow down which helps us breathe more slowly. This in turn may reduce muscle tension in our neck, shoulders, stomach and back.

A study from Austrias’ General Hospital of Salsburg showed 65 patients aged between 21 and 68 with chronic back pain after back surgery. The group of people were divided into two.

One group received standard medical care and physiotherapy.

The other, as well as physiotherapy also listened to music and received visualisation classes for 25 minutes every day for three weeks.

Results found that the group who listened to music and used imagery, experienced better pain relief than the group who did not.

Clinical psychologist Franz Wendtner who led the study says:  'Music is an important part of our physical and emotional wellbeing, - ever since we were babies in our mother's womb listening to her heartbeat and breathing rhythms.”

'Listening to music for about 25 minutes every day for at least ten days can help prevent back pain and also make you sleep better.'

Listening to music during a workout is also beneficial to our physical wellbeing.

High energy, high tempo music releases endorphins in our brain which stimulate our energy levels so we exercise for longer.

Dr Robert Herdegen of America's Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked at the effects of 12 men riding a bicycle for ten minutes while listening to music on one day. He compared it to the same men riding bicycles without music for ten minutes the following day.

On the days that the men exercised listening to music, they travelled 11 per cent further - compared to the days they didn't listen to music.

However please always be conscious of your safety when listening to music whilst riding your bike!