iPod May Jam Off the Pounds
Music makes a great motivator to exercise, study shows
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Oct. 18, 2005 -- Got some extra weight to lose? You probably already know
that you need to upgrade your eating habits and get more exercise.
But did you know that your iPod (or portable CD, radio, MP3, or cassette
player) could help?
Listening to music while you work out may boost weight loss and help you
stick to a fitness plan, a new study shows.
The results were presented in Vancouver, Canada, at the North American
Association for the Study of Obesity's annual scientific meeting.
Crank Up the Tunes
The small study included 41 overweight or obese women. Here's what they
committed to do for 24 weeks:
- Diet and write down daily calorie intake
- Get aerobic exercise (walking at least three times weekly)
- Participate in weekly group sessions designed to promote lifestyle
The researchers randomly gave some of the women portable CD players and told
them to listen to their choice of music while they walked. The other women
walked without listening to music.
All participants lost weight. Weight loss and reduction in body fat were
greater for those who listened to music while they walked.
Women in the music group were also more likely to follow the strict exercise
schedule and to complete the study, write researcher Christopher Capuano, PhD,
Capuano directs the school of psychology at Farleigh Dickinson University in
"Exercising can be difficult for someone who is obese," says Capuano
in a news release.
"Walking to music seemed to really motivate the women in our study to
get out there and stick with the commitment they made," he continues.
If you wear a headset while you exercise, be sure to do so safely.
For instance, some safety experts recommend not wearing headsets when you
run or walk outside, since you might not hear traffic or a potential
Don't turn the volume up too high, either, for your hearing's sake.