It comes as no surprise that the activity of singing is not only fun, but also quite beneficial for your health. Singing is ancient and universal, singing is a part of every human culture. The only thing better than singing, is more singing.
“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.” ~Yip Harburg
Singing brings emotion to the singer and to those who hear the song. “Song is a form of regular, controlled breathing, since breathing out occurs on the song phrases and inhaling takes place between these. It gives you pretty much the same effect as yoga breathing. It helps you relax, and there are indications that it does provide a heart benefit,” says Dr Björn Vickhoff (source: The Telegraph)
5 Reasons why singing is good for your health
1. Singing strengthens the immune system
Research by scientists at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, published in the the US Journal of Behavioral Medicine, found that concentrations of Immunoglobin A, antibodies in the blood that acts as an anti-stress hormone , increased significantly during singing. (source: BarberShop Harmony Society)
2. Singing is a workout
When you sing, you are working out your lungs, you breathe more deeply than many other forms of exercise, and so take in more oxygen, improving aerobic capacity, toning abdominal and intercostal muscles, while stimulating circulation.
Singing while standing up can burn 140 calories per hour, if you add in some movements like dancing at the same time, then you can really have a workout.
3. Singing can improve your mood
Singing releases feel-good brain chemicals, like when you eat chocolate. As mentioned above, it can be a very effective stress reliever. While singing, your posture improves, lung capacity increases and you feel more confident. After a lesson of singing you feel uplifted and happier.
4. Singing in groups is good for community mental health and well-being
Singing in groups is becoming a popular art. The benefits from feeling more socially connected, with a sense of belonging and importance, bring physical and emotional benefits and “facilitates the development of social capital which positively impacts on physical and psychological wellbeing at individual, relational and community levels.”
5. Singing is the universal language
How often do you hear a song in another language and listen in amazement. Even though you may not understand the words, the passion and emotion still comes through. It is a way of experiencing another culture, refining intelligence and sparking the imagination.
Whether you sing in the shower, or sing along to the radio in the car (who doesn’t?), then why not take your raw singing skills to new heights. Singing stirs emotion and should be enjoyed to the full.
I’d love to share my experiences with you, to help you refine your vocal style. I offer a free 30 minute first lesson to find out what you sing, how you sing and to help you develop confidence in your own singing ability.