|Could tuning in to your favorite radio
station help you trim down? Recent research says yes! So
don that iPod or slip on that old school Walkman, because
music can help keep you moving.
According to Christopher A. Capuano, Ph.D., director of the
school of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in
Teaneck, NJ, one of the biggest barriers to long-term weight
control is lack of adherence to an exercise regimen.
"Exercising can be difficult for someone who
is obese. Walking to music seemed to really motivate the women
in our study to get out there and stick with the commitment they
made," said Dr. Capuano.
Researchers evaluated the effects of music on
exercise adherence in 41 women who were overweight to moderately
obese as part of a 24-week weight loss program that included
dieting, exercise and group meetings.
The women walked alone for at least two
days per week and participated in a weekly group walk.
Half of the women used a portable CD player
and listened to the music of their choice while walking.
The other half did not listen to music.
At the end of the study, both groups of women
lost weight, but those who walked to music lost significantly
more weight and body fat.
Additionally, the music group adhered
better to the program and fewer of them dropped out of the study.
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