Going To Concerts Is Better For Your Health Than Yoga, Says Research
That high you get after every concert? It's not all in your head.
One wouldn’t think that crowds, eardrum-shattering beats, and flashing lights can have any good effects on your health, but according to a recent study, watching a concert can be really good for your health, even potentially extending your life. Read on to learn all about the health benefits of going to concerts.
According to behavioural science expert Patrick Fagan, just 20 minutes at a concert “can lead to a 21 per cent increase in [a] feeling of well-being”. In the study commissioned by the UK music venue O2, Fagan found that yoga increases wellbeing by just 10%. Meanwhile, dog-walking increases your wellbeing by 7%.
Other studies have found links between high levels of well-being and longevity, and Fagan’s research found that regular concertgoers (i.e. people who attend gigs every two weeks) could increase their lifespan by nine years!
“Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing – with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key,” Fagan says. “Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription of a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life.”
Listening to music by your lonesome just doesn’t have the same effects. 67% of respondents said that experiencing live music makes them happier than simply listening to music at home. That’s because sharing an experience is a huge factor in increasing well-being.
“We all know just how good it is seeing your favourite band or artist live, but now we have the proof,” says Nina Bibby, O2’s CMO.
The study’s participants reported increased feelings of self-worth, closeness with others, and mental stimulation. Here are some other ways that attending a concert can be good for you.
1. It reduces stress. According to a study from the Imperial College London, attending a concert decreases the release of stress hormones like cortisol.
2. It relieves pain. It’s been proven that listening to music before, during, and after surgeries has an analgesic effect on patients. According to oncologist, hematologist, and internal medicine specialist Dr. Steven Eisenberg, attending concerts can have the same effect, as the endorphins released at a concert can block pain.
3. It’s like going to therapy. Listening to favourite songs can bring back memories and help you reflect on your life. And a little self-reflection is always good.
4. It’s a fun way to exercise. Going to a concert is physically tiring. All that walking, jumping, and dancing raise your heart rate, so by the end of the concert, you could feel like you’ve spent 30 minutes at the gym.
H/T: US News
Now that you’re up to speed on the health benefits of going to concerts, which gig will you be watching next?