According To Researchers, Live Performances Are Better For You Than Yoga

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Health and Fitness On 27th March 2018

According to a new study watching live music can reduce stress levels and its better for your health than yoga.


Reductions in the stress

Daisy Fancourt, a researcher at the Centre for Performance Science, in the United Kingdom fitted participants with heart rate monitors sent to a Paloma Faith gig, a yoga session or to walk their dog. The researchers found significant reductions in the stress hormone cortisol who attend live music.


A higher level of 'wellness'

According to the results, people who attend 20 minutes of a Paloma Faith gig had increased their feelings of wellbeing by 21 percent whereas participants who attended a yoga session increased their wellbeing by just 10 percent and only 7 percent for dog-walking.


Increase in Lifespan

The researcher's found high levels of wellbeing with a lifespan increase of nine years pointing to a direct link between gig-going and longevity.


Fagan who worked with O2 on the project, said:

"Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness, and wellbeing – with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key.

Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription for a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life."

Nina Bibby, O2 spokesperson said:

"We all know just how good it is seeing your favorite band or artist live, but now we have the proof.

"Life doesn’t come with catch up and through Priority Tickets, O2 customers have access to over 5,000 live shows in more than 350 venues across the UK every year."


Highest score

People who attended live concerts once a fortnight or more score 10 out of 10 at the highest level of happiness, contentment, productivity, and self-esteem.


Live music makes happier

The study found live music is the key to building a long-standing improvement in wellbeing.