Who would have thought, that simply opening your mouth could bring so much health benefits? This isn’t a very complicated thing, in fact, this is what many love to do– Singing.
Over a number of years, studies have shown that singing is good for one’s health. Some even suggest that it can surpass the effects of many other physical workouts because it is an aerobic activity which directly affects one’s heart rate, breathing, and general well-being.
Singing strengthens the immune system.
According to research by scientists at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, published in the latest edition of the US Journal of Behavioral Medicine, tests were done on the blood of people who sang in a choir, before and after a 60 minute rehearsal. The tests showed a relatively high amount of Immunoglobin-A proteins in the immune system which function as antibodies. Hydrocortisone, an anti-stress hormone, was also found to have significantly increased during the rehearsal.
Singing gives your lungs a workout.
Understandably, singing utilizes the lungs as it is impossible to sing and sustain notes without breathing well. With the inhaling and exhaling that it entails, singing definitely keeps the flow of air in and out of the lungs, ensuring better breath quality. It also keeps one’s chest and abdominal muscles active because of singing. Even when exposed to strenuous physical activity, one will not easily be gasping for air because singing increases the lung capacity of a person.
Singing makes minor bodily repairs.
Sound therapists from all over the world say that singing has a great effect on the body’s organs. It brings about balance and fixing on some minor problems in the body. Singing short and long a-e-i-o-u vowel sounds has proven to stimulate these different organs which are responsible for speeding up digestion, controlling the biological clock which determines alertness, regulating blood sugar levels, clearing sinuses, and even regulating the production of infection-fighting white blood cells, among others.
Singing improves your mood.
Singing releases endorphins into a person’s system and makes one feel energized and uplifted. This is pretty much the most easy way to beat the blues as it take one’s mind off the stresses of the day. Just like chocolate!
Singing prolongs your life.
Besides the physical aspect, the psychological effects of singing are more important and desirable. Singing improves the quality of a person’s life due to the health benefits that it gives. For one, singing is a very good source of relaxation and recreation. When one is relaxed and stress-free, then everything in the physical follows. Singing promotes a healthy heart and an enhanced mental state which is why it lessens our anxiety and it continues to bring positive emotional changes in us.
You may not be the best singer out there, or may not be a singer at all. Some may not even want to hear you do so, but if singing is a way for you to be happy, then so be it. Sing and be healthy!