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Going To A Concert Is Better For You Than Yoga, Study Says

Post via: Calgary Herald by Postmedia News (Link: Original Post)

It’s time to ditch the gym and buy those concert tickets.

Researchers in the U.K. claim that watching live music at a concert is actually better for your well-being than a yoga class or walking your dog.

Volunteers were hooked up with heart rate monitors and given psychometric tests before and after a Paloma Faith concert, a yoga session and after walking  their dog — all activities considered as stress-busters.

Those who attended the Paloma Faith concert saw their mood boosted by 21%, said Patrick Fagan, a behavioural science and associate lecturer at Goldsmith’s University in London.

“Our research showcases the profound impact concerts have on feelings of health, happiness and well-being — with fortnightly (every two weeks) or regular attendance being the key,” Fagan told the U.K. Sun.

The experiment involved 60 volunteers. They were given 40-question, 10-minute quizzes to get a sense of their stress levels and happiness. After performing their activities, they were quizzed again.

The study was done in partnership with the O2, a popular music venue in London.

The U.K. Sun also reports a poll of 2,000 Brits found live music made them feel happier than listening to music at home.

A previous Australian study also found people who regularly go to concerts are happier with their lives overall than people who don’t.