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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Posted by Bhavana Bhim on
Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Yes, I see you googling ‘Summer Music Festivals’ at your computer when you really should be working. But who I am kidding? The sun is out, which means the grass is green, spirits are high and your body is in New Year’s retrograde. 

Whether you revel at Laneway, Northern Bass, Electric Gardens or Byron Bay Bluesfest, little do you know, that you are giving your body a major health kick. Get your friends together because music will bring your body and soul back to its rhythm.

‘Music is a safe kind of high’- Jimi Hendrix

Music brings people together, connects them to memories and is a crucial aspect to our daily lives. Whether you are listening to music in the car, while working out or sitting at office desk, the frequency of sounds vibrating through your system will boost your mental and physical health. Music has the ability to trigger the brain into releasing Dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter which mediates the pleasure section of the brain. Aside from making you feel good, studies have shown dopamine being able to increase;

  • memory
  • behaviour and cognition
  • attention
  • sleep
  • mood
  • learning ability

As music has the ability to make you feel good, it prompts the body into moving. Thus movement prompts Endorphins. Much like Dopamine, Endorphins are neurotransmitters, chemicals that pass along signals from one neuron to the next. Neurotransmitters play a key role in the function of the central nervous system. They can either prompt or suppress signalling of nearby neurons within the body. Remember those ‘weirdos’ at gigs dancing to their own rhythm, while you awkwardly stared feeling slightly embarrassed for them?  Well now you know, they were just feeling the beats. Next time, instead of staring, join in and get wild!

Remember:  Music + Dopamine + Endorphins = Body High

Aside from blasting beats at gigs, one of the major health benefits of a summer fest, is the fact that you are outside, partying in the sun. One of the best things your body can do during summer is to soak up natural vitamin D from the sun’s rays. Remember to be smart and wear sunscreen of course! Vitamin D is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. It is a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3. It can affect as many as 2,000 genes in the body.

You are probably aware that absorption of Vitamin D prompts the absorption of Calcium leading to strong bones. Lack of this golden juice leads to bone conditions, such as Osteoporosis or Osteomalacia, signified by softened, brittle bones. Aside from promoting bone health, recent studies have found Vitamin D being able to reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes, along with serious cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, ovaries, oesophagus, and lymphatic system. So go out in the sun, live your youth and prevent your body from suffering in older age by soaking up some Vitamin D. 

Who knew that you were treating your mind and body so much from going to a summer festival. Aside from the physical bonus, the mental benefits of socialising, dressing up, having a good time with good vibes keeps you going.

As Lou Reed says,

“hey babe, take a walk on the wild side…”

join him, go outside and party with the music.

Most importantly, always remember to #staywild    

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