The Summer Concert Effect: How Music could be the Key to Longevity
Medically, music has proven to assist with pain management, mental health improvement and so much more. What I have realized about working out – is that it the stigma itself weighs more than the weight we lift. In truth, the stigmas surrounding health, and the stereotypes about those who are in shape, are quite skewed. When we focus on a result, rather than the process – we lose what it means to accomplish our goal.
To prove my point, I want to share a poem I saw recently. Posted on Button Poetry this slam poem titled, “Repetition” by Phil Kaye (click here to view), talks about words and how when we use them too frequently they lose value and meaning to us – he then goes on to say that life is the same way and states the line “you watch the sunset too often it just becomes 6pm, you make the same mistake over and over – you’ll stop calling it a mistake.” (Kaye 2018) and I think his point resonates so well in this context.
We spend years of our lives being trained that physical education is JUST a class. Years being taught that running sprints is a punishment – and that “working out” is the only way to get fit. And well, only the fittest survive, right? But see the funny thing is: No. These things are not true – you don’t have to be fit to be happy or to survive, sprints aren’t a punishment, being slow is okay and P.E. may be a class but it is one of the most important classes for kids who are developing because there are serious health deficits to sitting as long as we all do in American classrooms and offices.
So, what am I saying? I am saying that the sunset is not just 6pm, and working out doesn’t have to be as tedious or boring or whatever pre-conceived notion you have created.
Don’t believe me? Then let me prove it….
Enter: The Summer Concert Effect
Picture it: The lights go up, the crowd goes wild, Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi plays in the background to hype the crowd up before the main act enters the stage. You think… “this is going to be awesome!” but your body curses under its breath, un-prepared for the true head banging, heart racing workout this is about to present for the next two to three hours.
According to Livestrong – 1 hour of jamming out at a concert can help you burn 300 – 400 calories. Similarly, singing [which I know you all do in the shower, in the car, in the rain, and YES AT CONCERTS] also can burn 100 – 140 calories depending on the duration and your size.
So, what does this mean about that 100$ you are putting into a gym that you never go to? Drop the gym – head to the stadium or the park.
My outlook on fitness is a lot like the poem above. But it is also like a Thomas Edison quote – see when asked why he failed over a thousand times to create the incandescent lightbulb, Edison said, “I didn’t fail… I just found over a thousand ways not to make a lightbulb.” And so, like Kaye, Edison broke the repetition. Both had different motives to do so – yes- but as a result they were able to see what they were doing and grow with it. And like these two men, you too can realize that by changing the status quo rather than getting lost in repetition you can take the ‘work’ out of working out, and just have fun instead.
At the end of the day working out doesn’t have to lack meaning – in fact, if you go to the right show… it could end up being the best workout of your life.
How Music Effects our Health See additional links below
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