Incredible Ways Singing Can Make You Healthier
There are many ways that a person can improve their health. Many of it, according to medical science, has to do with a person’s average exercise regimen and the nutritional content of their diet. It may sound a little strange, but singing has also been found to have a wide range of health and social benefits:
For those with a limited range of motion like the elderly and disabled, this is a great alternative to things like physical therapy. Training to sing can give your lungs much-needed exercise. Build up the strength in your diaphragm and improve your circulation.
You’ll take in a lot more oxygen singing for an hour than running on a treadmill for an equal amount of time. It may even increase your overall stamina, allowing for longer workouts.
2. Lower Your Stress
If you are having trouble finding ways to relieve the stress and tension of the day, try singing for a couple of minutes after work each day. Cortisol in the bloodstream is lowered and your tense muscles are far more relaxed after a session of singing.
Supposedly, the only way to relieve sore muscles is with more exercise. So why not work out those ‘pipes’ and avoid the gym?
3. Your Immune System Improves
A study by the University of Frankfurt helped bring this theory into the mainstream. Before and after a lengthy rehearsal, professional choir members’ blood was taken and tested. Antibodies known to show when the body is fighting illness were found in higher quantities after singing for an hour.
Interestingly enough, the same result was not observed when the choir members were simply listening to music.
4. Boost Your Confidence
There are a few ways to do this but one of the best is singing. While at first, you may not want to sing in front of a crowd, you can practice at home by taking free online lessons from websites like YouTube or Udemy.
You don’t even have to share your real name. Develop a persona that you become when you sing. It will not only help you step in front of a crowd to show what you can do, but it may also aid with fears of public speaking.
With a fair amount of practice, you’ll sing in front of crowds in no time at all.
5. Helps Your Baby
The music itself is very beneficial for fetuses in the womb. It is said to aid in brain development hearing for the different sounds. When you sing to babies as they grow, it helps them form the first building blocks to learn a language.
Why not write your own lyrics and see who else you can communicate with?
6. Better than Zoloft or Prozac
Relieving your body of illness with pharmaceutical grade pills takes enough of a toll. People who’ve had a bad experience with anti-depressants should try their hand at singing. It has been proven to release endorphins, the human body’s natural anti-depressant chemical.
7. Improves Posture
Singing requires upright posture to execute proper technique. As you continue to train yourself, proper posture may become second nature.
8. Sleep Better
According to experts, singing may help improve your sleep by strengthening muscles in your throat. With strengthened throat and palate muscles, sleep apnea and snoring may eventually go away.
9. Helps Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s’ is a neurodegenerative disease that may cause symptoms such as muscle rigidity and tremors. It may also affect a person’s ability to speak.
Having Parkinsons’ patients exercise their vocals and throat by singing, which will strengthen those muscles needed to swallow and speak. It may provide patients with an improved sense of balance as well.
10. Flex Your Brain
The brain is without a doubt the most important part of the human body. Many ways have been found to improve your brain, but singing is probably one of the best.
Singing will improve your alertness by promoting proper blood flow, feeding the brain more oxygen, allowing for better memory retention.
Because it improves overall brain function, programs have been started to help Alzheimer’s and dementia patients retain the new memories that they form.
Why do you sing? What do you feel after jamming out and singing along to your favorite artists? How does it make you feel?