Attending concerts and going to see live music not only can be fun and often exhilarating, but it’s also good for your health. No matter the artist or genre fans are screaming for, all the action of seeing music live is more beneficial than you might think. According to a new study, going to a concert can help you live longer!
Singing along to the lyrics and dancing around during concerts reduces stress. Fact. Sometimes just by listening to your favorite song can calm you down. But there’s a science behind why concert-goers leave feeling less stressed leaving than when they first arrived. Going to see live music performances decreases stress hormones like the release of cortisol. A study conducted by Imperial College London found that the cortisol levels of 117 study participants had a significant decrease while attending a live concert.
Studies have also found that listening to live music can relieve pain. Although it may seem unbelievable that jumping around amongst a crowd of screaming fans wouldn’t cause more discomfort for individuals dealing with aches or injury, science proves otherwise. While attending a concert, you get excited to see your favorite artist and listen to the music that you love, and this combination causes your brain to release endorphins which are neurotransmitters that block pain. So the formula is that the excitement and exhilarating feeling you get listening to live music temporarily increases your pain threshold.
Sense of Connection
For many people, the best part about attending a concert is getting to enjoy their favorite music with other like-minded people. Singing along to the same lyrics and sharing the same favorite song can have an astounding effect on concert-goers. A concert can have thousands of people enjoying the same music which combines to create a wonderful communal event. It gives people a great sense of connection both to the music and one another.
Sometimes skipping the gym to attend a concert with your friends isn’t a bad thing for your health. Experts say that going to see live music or attending a concert is great exercise for people. Walking to and from the music venue, jumping up and down in excitement, and dancing around to your favorite music is a real calorie burner. Just one concert can give you at least thirty minutes of great exercise! This is why you sometimes feel so sore the night after going to a concert. Of course, if your pre-game activities are strong, you will probably more than offset the workout you get during the live performance.
Besides the physical health that going to a concert can give you, it can also improve your emotional and mental well-being, According to a study, frequent concert-goers possess a higher feeling of well-being than others. There is a mental stimulation that you feel that can have lasting effects on your brain which can leave you feeling good and happy for days….or longer!
So, I encourage you to take the time to see your favorite band or artist play live. And if not your favorite, maybe one you barely know that plays within a genre you like. Attending such musical events is good for your well-being and is beneficial to you even after leaving the venue. Get after it!