Music and Exercise (03-08-18)

Research linking listening to music while exercising with spending more time exercising has implications for soundscaping generally.  The American College of Cardiology reports that “a study being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session [lead author Waseem Shami] suggests listening to music during a standard cardiac stress test can help extend the time someone is able to perform the test. . . . On average, people who listened to music during the test were able to exercise for almost one minute longer than those who didn’t have tunes playing in their ears.” During the reported study “patients (53 years of age on average) were randomly assigned to either listen to up-tempo music (mostly Latin-inspired music) or have no music playing during their stress tests. . . . Aside from introducing headphones to the test environment, the stress test was conducted as usual in the clinic.” According to Shami,  “’After six minutes, you feel like you are running up a mountain, so even being able to go 50 seconds longer means a lot.’”. . . Although the maximum duration for a stress test is 20 minutes, Shami said most healthy people usually last for seven to eight minutes. . . . ‘Our findings reinforce the idea that upbeat music has a synergistic effect in terms of making you want to exercise longer and stick with a daily exercise routine,’ he [Shami] said. “’When doctors are recommending exercise, they might suggest listening to music too.’”

“Music Boosts Exercise Time During Cardiac Stress Testing.”  2018.  Press release, American College of Cardiology,