Making music during exercise elevates mood

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Listening to music and working out can’t compare to composing and exercising.

Plenty of people enjoy listening to music while they exercise, even going so far as to make a specific playlist with their favorite songs. Well, they should spend less time listening to it and more time making it, since a new study finds it’s a great way to improve mood.

In order to conduct their study, the researchers created a special workout machine which allowed users to exercise and conduct music at the same time. They named their machine “jymmin” – a combination of the words “jamming” and “gym.”

From there, the researchers took volunteers and divided them into two groups: one that would work out on a regular machine while listening passively to music and another that would use the jymmin machine.

Then, after exercising for 10 minutes, the two groups would switch activities.

According to the results of the study, the participants who made music while they exercised reported feeling much happier compared to the other group. In fact, this happy mood continued even after they switched activities and passively listened to music. It worked the other way as well. “When the participants worked out as usual while listening passively to music and then switched to jymmin, their mood improved dramatically,” explains Thomas Fritz, who was involved in the study.

The researchers believe these positive feelings are due to endorphins – hormones that make a person feel good. For example, these are the hormones that give you the good feeling after eating, receiving a gift, or watching a funny movie. In fact, now the researchers believe they can use this machine and method to help out people who aren’t feeling too happy. “As a result,” said Fritz, “we now want to investigate how we can use music to treat such conditions as motivational deficits and depression.”

Featured image courtesy of Photosteve101 on Flickr. Image of treadmills courtesy of Hector Alejandro on Flickr.