Tune In, Tune Up
Remember to press play after lacing up your gym shoes. Exercising to music can boost blood vessel function better
than working out in silence, says new research from Serbia. People who did a cardio workout and listened to their favourite music for 30 minutes a day raised their levels of the artery-dilating enzyme nitric oxide by 44 per cent in three weeks. Sweating sans music netted only a 30 per cent change. This is important because your blood vessel health predicts your heart attack risk. Both working out and listening to music promote the release of endorphins, which spur nitric oxide production, says study author Dr Marina Deljanin Ilic.