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health than the less mu­si­cally in­clined. Re­searchers tested sub­jects aged 18-30 and found guitarists, singers and pi­anists had lower blood pres­sure and re­duced heart rates. Play­ing mu­sic fires up the sen­sory ner­vous sys­tem – which is also ac­ti­vated dur­ing your gym ses­sions – and the study au­thors be­lieve that this gives it car­dio­vas­cu­lar ef­fects “re­sem­bling those of phys­i­cal ex­er­cise”. If strum­ming through a mov­ing ren­di­tion of Mr Tam­bourine Man feels be­yond your ca­pa­bil­ity (or if you cringe at the mere thought) then sim­ply croon­ing along to a tune of your choos­ing has ben­e­fits, too. Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don re­search shows that giv­ing your lungs a work­out in­creases lev­els of blood oxy­gen, while ex­er­cis­ing ma­jor up­per-body mus­cles. We’re call­ing it band aid.

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