I’ve been surrounded by musical instruments basically my whole life because I grew up playing the piano along with my sister; all of my friends back home are in bands as well. It has only recently intrigued me that playing an instrument is not only a nice hobby, but also is beneficial health-wise.
Research has proven that playing an instrument is equivalent to a full-body workout because it works every part of the brain and it increases the volume and activity in the corpus callosum, the part of the brain that connects both hemispheres, which makes problem solving for the individual much easier and quicker. Psychologist Lutz Jäncke stated:
“Learning to play a musical instrument has definite benefits and can increase IQ by seven points, in both children and adults.”
No matter how old you are, learning to play an instrument can immensely improve your cognitive skills. It can also lower your blood pressure and has been linked to helping depression. Furthermore, it can reduce stress by lowering your cortisol levels. Overall, creating music or just playing an instrument will help in a multitude of ways throughout your body, so the next time you see a guitar or piano, don’t hesitate to play it.
In this video, I have taken five shots of Wolf Recht, a student who plays an instrument, while he plays his guitar.