Celebrating the Month of Rocktober

We can’t confirm this with our sources, but we’re pretty sure that the month of October was named as such just so that the word ‘Rock’ could be properly amended at the start of the name (and so that we could justify concert crashing for a full 31 days without fear of judgment).

No matter how or why it came about, one thing is definitely true – it’s concert season! And we’re a big fan of the fun that comes with it, but also because of just how beneficial music is to our well-being. (Yes, even you polka-lovers).

Why is music so good for us? Life Hack has a great post about the benefits of music, and some of the upsides are excellent ones: music makes you happier, since your body releases dopamine when it hears a song it likes. It even makes you run faster – really! Researcher Marcelo Bigliassi and his colleagues conducted a study that found runners who listened to motivational music completed the first 800 meters of their run faster than those who ran without it.

Struggling to count sheep when you climb in bed? A study showed that listeners of classical music for 45 minutes before ‘lights out’ slept significantly better than those who didn’t.

Even soothing background music during a yoga class can help lower your resting heart rate and ease you in to a moment of bliss and relaxation. And we haven’t even mentioned a word of how beneficial it is to go to a show or concert! Enjoy dancing at a show? Burn calories and hardly ever notice it.

Of course, sometimes it’s all about finding the right song. What’s on your Spotify or other music playlists? Here, we’ll go first:

For an intense workout: Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses. Who can argue with a classic?

For a fun, happy workout: Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) by Beyonce. Yassssss, Queen!

And for something a little more subdued (maybe for yoga?): Follow the Sun by Xavier Rudd.

Comment below with your favorite in-gym jam and you might just find your favorite song on our next Spotify playlist.

To learn more about Youfit Health Clubs and find the nearest Youfit location, please visit youfit.com. And don’t forget your headphones!