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In the Absolute Sound forum a MD noticed, “...lately that when I exercise regularly, my stereo system sounds good and is emotionally satisfying. On the other hand, when I don't exercise much for a few months the music doesn't stir the soul quite as much and the sound seems lacking.”
I have no doubt this is the case.
Since musical enjoyment depends on auditory perception which is an electrochemical response in the brain to the acoustical energy vibrating the eardrums, and exercise has proven to increase the efficiency of the mind & body as well as serotonin levels which is crucial to emotional response, and music is all about emotional response, there is absolutely no reason why this shouldn't be. Not only do one's senses improve with one's overall health but, ALL other factors being equal, perceptual abilities/acuity should be superior for someone who is physically fit over someone who isn't.
All my years of study in the field of Psychoacoustics have pointed towards this as a certainty and I myself have noticed that I enjoy my music more (as well as able to pick out system characteristics easier) on days I feel physically and/or mentally better.
This raises some interesting questions.
Should Audio Reviewers refrain from doing reviews on “bad” days, and/or do we demand our reviewers be physically (and mentally) fit??