Other than getting stuck in our heads for days, music can have some pretty powerful effects on our bodies both mentally and physically. It’s no surprise that music can elevate our moods, motivate us to move, or send us into a serene calm, so for those days you can’t get out to the relaxing waves on Door County’s shoreline, turn on your favorite sounds and let your body do all the work.
While Door County is a naturally relaxing destination on it’s own, music can take it to another level by releasing stress reducers in your brain for the ultimate stress relief. In fact, one study suggests that music has a similar effect on the body of getting a massage. So the next time you book an appointment at one of our spas, request some relaxing tunes to get the most out of your session. And because it can help induce a meditative state, try using rhythmic music during yoga by the lake. And for those with trouble sleeping, classical music has been shown to improve sleep quality.
And for those of you who like to get your heart pumping, studies have shown that upbeat music can increase the duration of a work out and potentially run faster, so make sure you bring your beats for the upcoming Door County Half Marathon. But for those long training runs, play some slower, melodic rhythms through your ear buds to help slow breathing and use oxygen more efficiently. Don’t worry bikers; there are benefits for you to enjoy during the Peninsula Century Spring Classic and Peninsula Century Fall Challenge too. Studies show that bikers were motivated to work harder while music was playing. Just remember to keep the volume low enough to hear your surroundings. Post workout, turn on some tunes to ease pain and speed up your recovery.
If you’re looking to live life well with live music, make sure you look at upcoming musical events around the County. But why wait? Plug in your headphones, head outside and start reaping the benefits of music now.