Positive Effects Of Singing
Whenever you sing, you’re not only just making a beautiful noise, you’re also improving your health and giving your body a total workout. The positive effects of singing, show it doesn’t matter what level you sing at, whether you sing in the car or a choir, science is proving that singing is good for your overall health.
Improve Your Posture
It’s hard to sing while slouched in a chair, so standing or sitting upright while singing will help straighten your back and shoulders, allowing your chest to expand. You will naturally pull your tummy muscles in and will tend to lift your head to look forward (when not looking down at your words!) You’ll find you’ll relax more too.
Singing makes you breathe more deeply so you take in more oxygen. This in turn will improve your aerobic capacity and release muscle tension. Breathing from your diaphragm may also help ease chest conditions such as asthma or COPD. The British Lung Foundation offer singing groups around the UK to help people living with long-term lung conditions. British Lung Foundation Singing For Health.
Boost Brain Power
Music and Singing have been shown to increase brain activity. It increases your concentration and helps improve your memory. Over time, your brain will learn to perform more tasks simultaneously without getting overloaded, and you’ll remember information longer. The Alzheimer’s Society has even established a “Singing for the Brain” service to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s maintain their memories.
Get An Oxytocin High
Singing in a group such as a choir produces the happy hormone Oxytocin. Oxytocin also enhances feelings of trust and bonding, which may explain why still more studies have found that singing lessens feelings of depression and loneliness.
Reduces Your Blood Pressure
Doctors have found that belting out a song can dramatically lower your blood pressure, even where medication has failed.
Your abdominal and intercostal muscles are all toned by singing.
Singing can be an excellent form of exercise. Even if you’re healthy, your lungs will get a workout as you employ proper singing techniques and vocal projections. As well as the feel-good hormones being released into your system, there will be more oxygen in your blood, leaving you feel energised and uplifted. You will move around a lot more improving your exercise levels for the day too. This can help increase your fitness levels and your stamina.
Banish Anxiety and boost your confidence
Singing is good for your mental health. As well as increasing your oxygen levels, releasing happy hormones, and giving you a physical work-out, it will de-stress you too by reducing stress hormones such as cortisol. Singing in a non-pressured environment, such as singing in the shower, your local choir or a fun karaoke session will contribute to a sense of belonging, and will increase in your confidence. When you’ve had a bad day and you sing along to some of your favourite songs, it doesn’t take long for you to forget your troubles and lose yourself in the music. If you join a choir or singing group, you’ll also make new friends.
Boost Your Immune System
Studies of people singing in choirs have shown that singing for an hour was associated with significant reductions in stress hormones, such as cortisol, and increases quantities of antibodies, known as Immunoglobulin A of which can boost the body’s ability to fight serious illness.
Helps with sleep
As well as relaxing you, experts believe singing can help strengthen throat and palate muscles, which helps stop snoring and sleep apnoea.
Leaves you feeling younger
Sing makes you feel good. You’ll have more energy and better health. You’re going to feel so much younger.