Whether you’re into the catchy tunes of Top 40 hits or the classic beats of 70s rock, music is something that everyone loves. That’s why this week the Rec wanted to give you some last-minute musical motivation to finish the semester strong!

via NorthShore University HealthSystem

1. Reduces stress

Finals week is perhaps one of the most stressful times as a student. Not to mention, the pandemic has thrown a wrench into an already challenging week. But don’t fret (haha get it), just throw on some tunes to trigger biochemical stress reducers and dance it out!

2. Stimulates memory

Finals week is perhaps one of the most stressful times as a student. Not to mention, the pandemic has thrown a wrench into an already challenging week. But don’t fret (haha get it), just throw on some tunes to trigger biochemical stress reducers and dance it out!

3. Elevates mood

In addition to stress, finals week can bring up other negative emotions, and with the pandemic putting restrictions on the holiday season, times can be hard. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room for some holiday cheer… listen to your favorite songs to turn that frown upside-down!

4. Increases workout endurance

Music isn’t just good for your brain, it can help your physical health too! Listening to music while you sweat it out has been shown to increase endurance and boost physical performance. 

5. Heart healthy

Listening to music can also increase blood flow which is fantastic while you’re working out! So turn up the speakers and get your sweat on!

Want some music recommendations? The Campus Rec marketing team has got you! Here are some of our favorite songs: