A new poem scientifically engineered to boost mood and compel people to be more active has been unveiled – but does it work on you?
Bestselling poet, Charly Cox, created the composition using more than 40,000 submissions from the general public, who were invited to share words which inspire them to get moving.
The lyrics were then pieced together and subsequently recorded over an instrumental track written by DJ and music producer Brian d’Souza, also known as Auntie Flo.
And crucially the music was set to a frequency of 111 Hz, which has been proven to help human bodies produce endorphins, elevating mood and improving ability to focus.
In addition to being recorded at what is sometimes described as the ‘divine frequency’, the music track uses very particular chord progressions – like C Major to G Major – to create a mood boosting response among listeners.
ASICS has partnered with Charly Cox and Auntie Flo to create the spoken word poem to inspire more people to move for their mental wellbeing.
The campaign follows a study of 37,000 adults across the world, which scored them on their mental wellbeing.
Participants rated themselves on 10 emotional and cognitive metrics, including composure, resilience, positivity, contentment, relaxation, confidence, alertness, calmness, focus, and energy.
But they averaged just 62 out of 100 in the annual ‘State of Mind’ of study.
Although it’s proven exercise can improve mental wellbeing, with the study finding just 15 minutes and nine seconds of movement is enough to have a positive impact in your mind.
Talking about her collaboration with the sports brand, British poet and mental health campaigner Charly Cox, said: “Mental illness can be debilitating. The poetic irony that movement helps is so often a kind suggestion from a well friend that you just want to shout at and ignore – I’ve been that person.
“Gentle movement has helped stave off some of my worst episodes and keeps me mentally and physically in a much better place.
“I really hope this track inspires people to try. Just try. When life feels like a marathon what’s the point in sprinting? Find pride and joy in moving to feel better not to be better.”
A separate study of 2,000 adults found on average, respondents were typically active four days a week.
But nine percent admitted they were not physically active for a single day of that week.
In that time period, the average adult only felt totally full of energy five times and felt lethargic and sluggish four times.
The main motivators for people to be physically active are for their fitness levels (64 percent), while 48 percent wanted to improve mental health.
Listening to music was the top way people get themselves motivated to move (33 percent), followed by pursuing activities that aren’t overly sporty – like gardening (31 percent).
While 28 percent find setting targets to hit really helps them, and 20 percent opt to work out with friends to keep them on the path to success.
But blockers to motivation include feeling self-conscious when exercising (28 percent), the cost of facilities (24 percent) and fear of injury (16 percent).
Throughout the month of June, every time the mood boosting poem ‘Nothing Feels Better’ is streamed on Spotify, £5 will be raised for the mental health charity Mind.
Music psychologist, Victoria Williamson speaking on behalf of ASICS, which has partnered with Mind since 2021 to promote mental health awareness, added: “The relationship between music and the brain is fascinating.
“Using sounds, chords and frequencies, you can increase blood flow in regions of the brain that stimulate different emotions.
“The techniques Auntie Flo has used are designed to activate the prefrontal cortex and amygdala brain areas which influence how we feel and can spark feelings of energy and motivation.
“Whether it’s a walk, run or session at the gym, listening to this song at the start of your workout should hopefully inspire you to literally get moving.”
Nothing Feels Better Poem:
I know it can feel gloomy in here
How fast things can be going fine
And then just stop working
The overwhelm, the sleepy sludge
Fighting off the thought of just for a day
Screaming give me a break
Why can’t waking up be enough
Breaking up with faking thoughts of
Everything is fine thanks
Because it’s not
My stillness swells into heaviness
How do I build in this unfriendliness
This space I can’t put words to
I want to learn to
Being human is tough
I need time to show myself some love
I want to shake my body until it releases
Songs my head can shake off
And splash passion
As I watch the distance I’ve come get closer
I don’t plan on sprinting over the finish line
I want to get to know her
I want to bathe in the commotion
I want to become the very notion
Of a transformation
I am every ounce, stretch and bounce of feeling
I am the crowd of my mind’s elation
I am something incredible
I am human nature nurturing my soul
I am the goal, uplifted
Showing myself with every minute
That what I never thought possible
Even this morning
Will keep on shifting
With the bass thump of my heart
With the pace of my feet
When all of this meets
In my mind
Nothing feels better
Than this brilliance
Than this valiant and spirited awakening
Than this healthy, empowered, committed
Nothing feels better
Than my body lifting my mind
All me, all mine.