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Music has always played a huge role in my life. I started dance classes when I was five years old and went on to become a professional dancer, singer and musician. Music has gotten me through some of my toughest workouts and difficult “life” moments, as well as pumped up endless group fitness classes. There’s more to music than just tapping your feet. Music actually has proven health benefits.

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Elevates mood. You know that feeling when your favorite song comes on? It instantly lightens and brightens your mood. Music can help you relieve depression, creating a therapeutic effect. The right music can place your mind in a meditative state. And of course, music can heighten your mood while you are driving; so turn it up!

Motivates you to workout harder. There’s a reason gyms crank up the tunes; it helps you crank out the reps. Runners are also very tied to their favorite playlist to keep them going. Throw in your ear buds and get to it! Click here to get inspired by this workout playlist.

Speeds recovery. Studies have shown that listening to music post-workout can speed up recovery time for your muscles. Music can also help people’s bodies respond better following a major surgery.

Helps you sleep. Ever have trouble getting to sleep because you are stressing out about something? Calming music can put you to sleep and help you sleep more soundly. Music is less expensive than sleep medications and has no morning grogginess or negative side effects.

>> Read more: 7 Ways Lack of Sleep Affects Your Health

Helps you eat less. Music playing during meals can help slow down your eating pattern. If you live alone and end up in front of the TV for meals, try switching to music instead. Listen to music = lose weight? Love it!

Reduces stress. Stressed out? Throw on your favorite tune. Music lightens the mood and makes you feel like dancing. So, go ahead and shake it off!

Increase brain power. Background music may improve cognitive power by elevating the mood and calm you during high-pressure activities.

So, create a few playlists today for your life: workout mix, calming mix, dinner mix, and so on. Wise words from Plato: “Music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

>> Read more: Music to Help Keep You Focused