All my friends know by now that I’ve gone a bit (ok, all the way), off the deep end with my addiction to American Idol. Not a real fan of the show in previous years, I changed my tune this year when I caught an early episode with Elliott Yamin (my fav and 2nd runner up) and I was hooked. Elliott is 90% deaf in one ear and has junvenile diabetes – but you’d never know it to hear his velvety, soulful voice…
Anyway, as I was clamoring to see where I might find music from Elliott’s AI performances, I was delighted to stumble across this article which talks about a recent study conducted by Charles Emery, professor or psychology, of Ohio State University, which proves exercise combined with music boosts brain power!
"Evidence suggests that exercise improves the cognitive performance of people with coronary artery disease," Emery said. "And listening to music is thought to enhance brain power. We wanted to put the two results together.” The study was recently published in Heart and Lung – The Journal of Acute and Critical Care.
"Exercise seems to cause positive changes in the nervous system, and these changes may have a direct effect on cognitive ability," Emery said. "Listening to music may influence cognitive function through different pathways in the brain. The combination of music and exercise may stimulate and increase cognitive arousal while helping to organize cognitive output."
Now there’s a scientific study to support what I’ve always known for myself – music does boost my brain when I exercise! (I actually believe it has the power to move your soul). I’ve believed having just the right music playing helps me work out better, more effortlessly and definitely with more commitment The perfect tunes to work out to and more importantly, of course, the perfect music as a backdrop to just about everything else you do in my life.
So, turn up the tunes, enjoy your music…I know I do. It can make your life richer and apparently it can even make you a little bit smarter!