Whether you sing in the shower, while cooking or in a choir, karaoke or concert, singing is fun and can make you happy. But it has a lot more health benefits than that. You don’t need to be trained to sing, since everyone who can speak can sing as well.
A recent study by scientists at the University of Frankfurt in Germany that was published in the latest edition of the US Journal of Behavioural Medicine claimed that singing is an aerobic activity that strengthens the immune system and has a number of benefits associated with it. Singing has been considered to be a healing tool since ancient times, and this holds true today as well.
• Energises you: Singing releases endorphins into your system and uplifts your spirits, energising you.
• Works out your lungs: When people say, ‘sing your lungs out’ they mean it; singing is actually a great workout for your lungs and heart, and it actually prolongs your life.
• Tones your muscles: Singing stimulates the circulation in your body and tones up your abdominal muscles, intercostals and diaphragm.
• Keeps you young: Singing is a great way to exercise your vocal chords and keep them youthful.
• Improves your posture: Singing makes your chest expand and causes your back and shoulders to straighten, thereby improving your posture.
• Lifts your mood: Singing eases away your stress by forcing oxygen into your blood, which signals the brain to release mood affecting endorphins. Singing has the same effect on your system as sex and chocolates, since it triggers the release of feel-good chemicals, too.
• Boosts immunity: Singing improves your circulation, which in turn oxygenates your cells. Singing also boosts immunoglobulin A and killer-T cells, which help protect against minor infections.
• Is a form of aerobic exercise for the disabled and the elderly: Singing provides some aerobic exercise for the elderly or disabled.
• Improves sleep: Having a stress free mind helps your body rest, thus promoting peaceful sleep.
• Tones your facial muscles: Singing helps tone your facial and stomach muscles, making you look younger and more vibrant.
• Most singers, particularly choral singers, need to concentrate on their music and notes, which gives them less time to worry about other issues, thus relieving their minds from unwanted tensions and stress.
• Singing makes people feel connected to others and dispels loneliness.