By Miranda Massie on July 16, 2019
Music can be a powerful way to heal, soothe, remember and connect. It can also be an effective motivator when it comes to exercise.
For over 40 years, scientists have been studying the impact of music on motivation and exercise. Results show that it can improve physical efficiency, enhance emotional experiences and lower perceived levels of effort.1
In a recent study conducted in partnership with UBC professor Kathleen Martin Ginis and post-doctoral fellow Matthew Stork, researchers discovered both physical and psychological benefits from working out while listening to a soundtrack of motivational music.
- Improved physical performance and power
- A boost in cardiovascular output
- Increased physical intensity and heart rate (our body will alter heart rate to match the rhythm of the music!)
- More positive emotional responses both during and after exercise.
- Increased enjoyment throughout a workout, even when physical exertion is higher
You don’t have to be a pro!
A unique part of this study was that the research subjects were inactive individuals. This means that everyone can benefit from adding music to a workout, not just those who are already physical active or in top-notch shape.2
Choosing the right music is key; if you don’t find the music motivating, it won’t have the beneficial impacts listed above. The researchers recommend choosing music with an upbeat tempo that you connect with personally or emotionally.
- Check out this list of Spotify’s top workout playlists (categorized by genre) or a list of Apple Music’s best workout mixes
- Try the songs used in the research study: Calvin Harris’s “Let’s Go,” Mackelmore’s “Can’t Hold Us” or Linkin Park’s “Bleed it Out”
- Reflect on the eras and genres of music that motivate you to move and put together your own playlist
The next time you want to get active, or even when you’re doing chores like cleaning, consider playing some of your favourite motivational music. It will up your game and your mood.
Photo credit: UBC Thrive
By Miranda Massie on October 25, 2017
Fitting in time for our physical fitness is important, but sometimes we can forget one of the biggest and most important muscles in our body: the mind. This month, in honour of UBC Thrive, we offer tips and suggestions for keeping your brain fit, as well as your body.
Week 1: Listen away your stress
Sound therapists and researchers have created a custom eight-minute piece of music specifically designed to reduce stress and anxiety by lowering heart rate, blood pressure and the stress hormone known as cortisol. Listen here:
Visit one of the many thriving spaces and places on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Examples include Fairview Square, Wreck Beach and the Museum of Anthropology. You can also check out these additional hidden gems you may not have heard about.
Week 3: Increase neural pathways
Activities that engage both hemispheres of the brain help promote new and existing neural pathways. Follow along and try this Ear and Nose Brain Break or watch it below:
Week 4: Digital detox
Whether it’s for five minutes at the dinner table or a whole day, taking time away from electronic devices is key to keeping our brains happy. Try the Greatist.com’s 7-Day Digital Detox for Real People or discover their free tools to save your eyes from digital eye strain.
Interested in learning more? Read Scientific American’s “Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime
Photo credit: Tirthankar Gupta (Flickr)
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By Miranda Massie on August 6, 2014
Early Music Vancouver brings light and life to historical musical treasures that could otherwise be lost. Take part in their three-week-long summer festival and educational program based at UBC. Ticket prices are listed on the website.
UBC Farm Markets –Every Wednesday
This mid-week farmer’s market in front of the UBC Bookstore offers students, staff and faculty members a convenient opportunity to purchase UBC Farm produce.
Celebrate UBC with Sports on the Mall–Aug. 7-29
Looking for something fun and active to do at lunch? Campus and Community Planning and UBC Recreation are teaming up to get you moving on Main Mall with a series of lunch-hour activities from tennis to yoga and more. All activities are free, so drop by and join!
UBC Staff Pension Plan Info Session– Aug. 19
Pension plans are complex and may not be easy to understand, which is why the Pensions Administration Office offers regular sessions to help you understand your UBC Staff Pension Plan, and how the Pensions’ office might help you with your financial and retirement planning.
UBC Corporate Discount at the PNE!– Aug 16-Sept. 1
Use the exclusive UBC promo code for discounts on gate and fair passes.
Staff and Faculty Welcome Back BBQ-Sept. 10
It’s that time of year again! Join your UBC colleagues for a fun and entertainment-filled lunch at Flag Pole Plaza
UBC Discount-Colour Run Vancouver–Sept. 13
We’re happy to announce that the Color Run have listed UBC as a VIP Partner again this year and have offered a $10 discount on entry for UBC Staff and Faculty. Registration details here.
Are you receiving androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer? You may be eligible to participate in a cooking class program that may help manage treatment side-effects and help reduce the risk for other types of cancer.
Events Off Campus
Alive interactive Magazine-Summer edition
alive interactive is an excellent onlineresource that provides easy-to-use information about natural health, healthy living tips, and great recipes.
Squamish Nation Youth PowWow-Aug. 29-31
Don’t miss the 27th annual Squamish Nation PowWow held at Capilano Reserve Park. Enjoy dance competitions, traditional food served all day, crafters and games for kids.
Richmond Maritime Festival-Aug. 8-10
Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage at the 11th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival.
Each summer, Civic Square comes alive with expanded playground activities, community art projects, outdoor movies and cultural programming. Located beside Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch.
Bard on the Beach-now until Sept. 20
Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals.
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