5 Ways to Incorporate Music Into Your Everyday Life
Let’s face it, music just makes us feel good! There is nothing better than getting in the car on a sunny day, turning on the radio, and hearing your favorite song. It immediately puts you in a good mood!
Our love for music got us thinking: what are some simple ways we can incorporate music into our everyday lives?!
Here are our top 5 great tips, including a fabulous bonus tip, to help you get singing and smiling everyday!
1) Start the day with a song!
Set an alarm for your favorite “rise up and take on the day” song. Research by neurologists and psychologists reveal a connection between the tempo of music and energy levels in the body. An ideal tempo for a song to help you wake you up in an energized mood will fall between 120-145 beats per minute (bpm).
Our favorite heart pumping songs:
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
- Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars
- Physical by Dua Lipa
2) Sing in the shower!
After starting the day with a song, keep the musical mood going with a quick concert in the shower! Whether you’re a beginner or Pavarotti, the acoustics in most bathrooms will bring out the best in your voice—plus the sound of water provides a natural backtrack.
Our three favorite shower ballads:
- Wake Me up Before You Go-Go, by Wham!
- Singin’ in the Rain Singin’ In The Rain
- Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen
3) Work out to music!
Time to hit the streets (or your living room) and get your workout on! Beyond elevating mood, playing music during your workout acts as a distraction from pain and fatigue, and can increase your endurance, satisfaction, and metabolism! The ideal tempo for a workout playlist will feature songs with tempos ranging between 130-175 bpm. Curious about how to find songs that will get your blood pumping? Check out apps like RockMyRun, Pandora, and Spring Running Music to help customize your workout mix!
4) Make a playlist!
Speaking of playlists, whether you’re riding the subway or going on an epic road trip, music enhances the way we think and feel in our surroundings and can become associated with memories. Try making a playlist to reflect a specific mood or theme, and let it become the “soundtrack” of your life that day. Playlists also are a great tool to connect with others and share all your favorite music in a fun and personalized way.
Inspiration for your next playlist:
- Party favorites
- BFF Jams
- Pet-friendly tunes
5) Learn a new instrument!
Whether you studied an instrument in school, play professionally, or simply enjoy the sound of beatbox didgeridoo, challenge yourself to learn some basics on a new instrument. Check out this TED-Ed talk that explores how playing an instrument benefits the brain in some pretty incredible ways! Watch here!
BONUS: Dance like no one’s watching!
Whether alone or with family and friends, a great way to finish the day is by putting on one of your favorite tunes and shaking out any leftover silliness or stress! This will help to end the day on a high note (pun intended), and expend your energy to help you get a good night’s sleep before another day of enjoying music!
Check out our Spotify playlist with all of our favorite songs that incorporate music into your life!