We all know that playing guitar is awesome. What we didn't know is that it could also be beneficial for your health.
Men's Health has published an article detailing 10 reasons why playing guitar is actually good for you.
For example, it acts as natural pain relief:"Forget popping pills: If you live with chronic pain, reach for a pick. According to a study from the University of Utah's Pain Research Center, listening to music - and in this case, your own sweet licks - can take your mind off, and thereby reduce, pain."
... It's also good for your heart:"Rockers have killer chops - and cardiovascular systems: Researchers from the Netherlands found that patients who practiced music for more than 100 minutes a day showed a significant drop in blood pressure and a lower heart rate than those who didn't. Three of the test subjects? Guitarists."
... And can get you laid:"Can't wail yet? Don't worry. Just carrying a guitar case can seriously boost the odds of women wanting you - even if they're total strangers, finds recent research in Psychology of Music. How come? Studies show women associate musical ability with intelligence, commitment, hard work, and physical prowess - and ladies associate all those qualities with your ability to earn money, the researchers say."
So next time somebody tells you to keep the noise down, just tell them that you're working out...