WATCHING live music is better for your wellbeing than yoga, a scientific study has found.
Experts came to the conclusion after volunteers were fitted with heart rate monitors, split up and sent to a Paloma Faith gig, a yoga session or to walk their dog.
Psychometric tests carried out before and after the activities – all of which are known stress-busters – found those who enjoyed 20 minutes of a Paloma Faith gig had a higher level of ‘wellness’ than other participants.
Carried out by Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioural science and associate lecturer at Goldsmith’s University in London, the results show those who attended the live gig saw their mood boosted by 21 per cent.
By contrast the volunteers who took part in a 20 minute yoga session increased their wellbeing by just 10 per cent.
And those who walked their dog saw only a seven per cent hike in their happiness.
Fagan, who worked with O2 on the project, said: “Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing – with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key.
“Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription of a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life.”
The experiment began with 60 volunteers being set a psychometric test designed to asses their general wellbeing as well as stress levels, happiness and how they get on generally with others.
After completing the 40 question, ten minute quiz they were formed into three groups of 20 and fitted with heart rate monitors.