Sunday, February 9, 2014

Boosting Your Health with exercise and music!

Another good reason to listen to your favorite tunes while exercising- exercising lowers inflammation and listening to music can lower your cortisol and boost your immunity! :)

"•People who listened to music had an increase in their levels of Immunoglobulin A (IgA), a type of antibody that is present at mucosal surfaces (digestive tract, lungs, etc.) and helps to prevent infections.
•Music listeners had higher numbers of an immune cell type called "natural killer cells," whose job it is to attack bacteria, infected cells, and cancerous cells.
•Listening to music reduced levels of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that has many physiological effects, one of which has a role in promoting obesity." 

"The results: Regardless of BMI or weight, study participants who completed 2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week—about 20 minutes a day—lowered their markers of inflammation by at least 12%, Hamer says. Furthermore, those who began exercising midway through the study also significantly lowered their levels of inflammation, meaning it’s never too late to benefit from exercise, he says. So how does exercise cut inflammation? Your blood contains a type of protein molecule called “cytokine.” When you exercise, your adipose and muscle tissue release big bursts of cytokines into your blood stream, which Hamer says is likely the cause of the inflammation drop. To reduce inflammation, try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, five days a week, Hamer advises. Almost any type of workout that raises your heart rate counts, he says, such as brisk walking, playing tennis, mowing the lawn, or even gardening."