Crank up the volume, relax, and burn those calories!

Will Smith’s “Summertime” is one of my recent workout tracks. Music helps me concentrate, reduce stress, relax, and also pumps me up during workouts – double stress reliever :-). Research shows that your favorite tunes probably have these same effects on you because

Hearing familiar, favorite music stimulates the release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter involved in pleasure and addiction, providing the same rush as eating chocolate or that winning does for a compulsive gambler…

Foods with unhealthy fats, sugar, and salt also release dopamine but are generally addictive. Compulsive eaters are compulsive exactly for this reason. Music is the perfect substitute for unhealthy eating: it burns calories and rejuvenates your mind and body. So crank up the volume, relax and burn some calories!

Also interesting is that

musical tastes formed in the teen years become part of the brain’s internal wiring, as that is the time when some neural pathways are solidifying and others are being pruned away. That’s why the music adults tend to be nostalgic for is the music from their teenage years.

I listen to a variety of music, both old and current 🙂  What are your favorite tracks to relax and work out to?

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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