Singing is a fun experience that brings joy to many people and it’s an activity that is getting more and more popular with Television programs like “The Voice”, “X factor” and amateur cappella programs hosted by Gareth Malone. Not many people realise that singing can also have many other surprising health benefits.
When singing, your body releases natural chemicals called “endorphins”. This helps you feel happy and content. At the same time levels of another chemical “cortisol” are reduced, lowering you levels of stress and anxiety. The increased blood circulation and oxygenation also makes you more awake and alert with improved memory and concentration. The Alzheimer’s Society has even established a “Singing for the Brain” service to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s maintain their memories.
Singing is an aerobic activity and it can be quite a workout especially for your lungs and heart. Learning to sing properly, controlling you’re breathing and projecting your voice increases the oxygen flow, lung capacity and stamina. Research by the Frankfurt University suggests that singing can boost the immune system with a higher production of proteins and antibodies after singing rehearsals.
Singing can also improve your posture as you stand up straight and learn to align diaphragm, chest and shoulders to breathe correctly and project your voice. Some research even suggest that singing strengthens your throat and vocal muscles which reduces snoring and aids in getting a quiet night’s sleep. Even while sitting down singing will exercise the major muscle groups in the upper body.
Singing can give you similar good feelings to that of eating chocolate but without the calories. And there is some evidence you may live longer and happier lives.
A Group Activity
Joining a choir or group is a great way to make new friends and doing things as a group will give you confidence to do things you didn’t think possible. Performing in front of an audience can be terrifying but as a social group you gain strength from those around you. It’s a great way to get out there, meet new people and improve you social and communication skills. Together you will also learn a deeper appreciation and understanding of different types of music.
Singing in a choir can give you a sense of community, and belonging to something important and special. With thousands of choirs all over the country why not join the fun today.