Empty Musings from a MT…
TB is a Board Certified Music Therapist in the state of Wisconsin. At the current time, he is not practicing full-time due to his full-time job as Daddy, but visits nursing homes regularly with his two boys to provide and intergenerational activities.
Does music affect the way you shop for food?
Do you allow the music in the grocery store to affect what you buy? There have been significant studies done that show the type of music being pumped in affect the shoppers’ buying-power. This MT does allow music to get the best of me while shopping. If the music is slow and moody, I wander slow and moodily for some good comfort food. If the music is fast and upbeat, it’s off for what I need and then I’m to the checkout for a quick candy fix.
Why does music have such an affect on our shopping? Well, while studying music therapy, music’s ability to affect emotions was a major component. If you’re feeling vulnerable to emotional eating, maybe it would not be the best idea to shop when you’re hungry, tired, stressed, etc.
Does music aide in your fitness routine?
Do you use music while exercising? Music has a natural rhythm that can help in raising and lowering your heart rate. If you’re trying to raise your heart rate, choose music that has an upbeat rhythm. If you’re into circuit training, change up your music and add a slower song to give your heart rate a chance to rest somewhere in the middle of the workout.
Music is used as a tool for so many different situations. Recently, there was an article that stated if you hummed “We Will, We Will, Rock You!” while performing CPR, you’re compressions would be at the appropriate tempo for a beating heart. It is suggested that you sing “Happy Birthday,” while washing you’re hands to wash them the appropriate lengths of time to kill all harmful bacteria. How about singing “The Alphabet Song” or “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” while brushing your teeth too.
If you use music during you’re everyday routines, think about adding it to your workout routine as well. With all the ipods, mp3s, podcasts, etc., there are countless ways to use music in your workout.
Personally, I don’t use music in my workout because I use it so much in my work that it feels like my workout is a job. Instead, I tend to watch movies, but I still pick movies that will keep my heart rate high so as suspense, action and down right scary movies. Got any suggestions?
Does music affect the amount of food you eat?
When I was doing my undergraduate research study for music therapy, I was working in a nursing home where there were several individuals with dementia. I decided that it may be beneficial to see if music made a difference in the amount of food these residents were consuming. Over the course of 13 weeks, I watched 55 residents 3 times weekly. One day, with no music playing; one day with recorded familiar music playing and one day with live piano music that was unfamiliar playing. To my amazement, the live contact improved their food intake by over 50%. Moral of the story, if you’re worried about how much you eat, don’t eat at a fancy restaurant with live music.
This probably has more to do with the emotions that music brings out. When I was playing “in the moment,” I was able to gauge the diner’s interest and play appropriate music accordingly.
Do you listen to music while eating? Watch television while eating? Think about whether it is affecting how much you are eating if you haven’t already.
Does music play a role in motivating you to stay healthy?
How do you stay motivated? Do you reward yourself with new clothes, new accessories, etc. How about rewarding yourself with music. Pick a theme song for yourself. Focus on staying healthy and using every tool possible, music included!!
Other oddball musings from the MT
Music therapy can be a beneficial tool in wellness. There are many music therapists that specialize in Health & Wellness programs. Many therapists offer community events including drum circles, stress relieving sessions, etc. If you have an interest in learning more, visit www.musictherapy.org to find out more.
(From the homepage of musictherapy.org)
Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be designed to:
* promote wellness
* manage stress
* alleviate pain
* express feelings
* enhance memory
* improve communication
* promote physical rehabilitation.
Thanks so much, TB. I enjoy reading your musings on life, weight-loss (weight lifting? nudgenudge) & fatherhood at your blog & appreciate you making time to share your ‘other self’ with the Bumbling Band.
Other oddball muzings from the MizFit:
Im an avid clarinet player and, for a time, pondered a career as a music therapist.
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