Does Music Have an Effect on Metabolism?

If you like to listen to a variety of genres of music, you already know that each style could have a different effect on you. For example, you might listen to certain styles of music when you are hoping to relax and de-stress, and you might listen to other styles of music when you are trying to get pumped up for a challenge. You might even have a workout playlist that you turn to for all of your cardio and strength training routines.

 

But could metabolism be affected by the music that you listen to? Scientists were interested in answering this question, and what they found is really interesting.

 

Music and Your Metabolism

 

A study in 2012 that was published in the journal known as Pediatrics looked into the link between music and metabolism. The results determined that resting energy expenditure, or the amount of calories that your body burns when you are not active, was lower when preterm babies listened to Mozart. This could help infants gain weight more quickly when they need to, and that could help them go home with their parents sooner rather than later. Fascinating!

 

But when you are an adult, the goal isn’t usually to gain weight, but rather to lose weight. So can music have the same effect on adults? When researchers decided to study the effect of music on an adult’s metabolism, one study actually did not find any effect, at least when participants listened to Bach. Other genres, however, may have bigger effects on metabolic rate.

 

Here’s How Music Could Boost Your Metabolic Rate

 

Further studies found that, when you listen to any music, you could actually boost your metabolism and burn, on average, nearly 28 more calories every day, even if you are just lounging in bed. On top of that, researchers found that listening to upbeat music is a great way to motivate yourself to get moving, and it could even make your exercise routine a lot more enjoyable, so you could improve your athletic abilities without forcing your way through every rep. And faster paced music, even if it is classical music, could help boost your heart rate and energize you, while slower paced music could be relaxing.

 

Overall, choosing the right music could help you feel ready to tackle your next challenging workout, and music could also help increase your metabolic rate even while you are at rest.