The Healing Power of Music and Fitness Connection

The Healing Power of Music and Fitness Connection

Music can be used to relieve tension, anxiety, and other physical issues. Music and fitness share a common bond. They both can block or redirect stress hormones. Music and fitness form a stronger bond when they are combined. Fitness and healthcare professionals have the chance to make use of this connection in their personal training sessions, group exercises, and aquatic classes. We are all kind of therapists, and the final result of a class/session is a complete mind/body treatment.

Music is part of the healing arsenal that helps us return to our exercise activities after an injury or illness. Music can relax us and cause the release endorphins, or “feel good” hormones. These endorphins help manage pain and allow us to return to fitness more quickly.

Aerobic exercise increases endorphin release, which helps the brain block pain signals. The side effects of anxiety and depression that can often be caused by chronic pain are also reduced through exercise. Aqua aerobics or swimming in a warm pool is a great option for chronic pain. These endorphins not only help reduce pain but also keep stress hormones like cortisol under control. The hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland to send a signal to our adrenal glands to make cortisol when our brain senses any kind of bodily stress. We might be able help prevent the development of degenerative diseases like heart disease and cancer by controlling stress hormones through regular exercise and/or music.

Music can soothe the anxiety and stress caused by chemotherapy for cancer patients. Patients are often anxious during treatment. Barrie Cassileth, PhD conducted a study that showed that music therapy helped to reduce anxiety and mood disturbances in 69 adults.

Music works in the same way that water can be used to analize pain and physical strain from exercise. Music can have a positive impact on exercise because it distracts from the effort and takes the mind off of the pain and strain. Luis F. Aragon Vargas, PhD, a researcher, has confirmed that music’s positive effects on endurance and exercise performance allow people to train longer and more intensely. Music can also be a great way to have fun, especially if it’s music you enjoy. Water exercise is a great option for those looking for a quick, easy workout. This type of exercise can be combined with music to provide the benefits of resistance training, as well as the additional bonus of increased performance, endurance, and enjoyment.

Are you aware of a musician who is also an athlete? In my many years of training and teaching, I’ve seen many. You can sharpen your skills, increase coordination, and have a better sense of timing by playing a musical instrument. These are the essential ingredients for athletic training.

Terri Steward