There have been countless studies done about how singing can benefit your health, let’s just run through a few of the main reasons why you should hop to it and get ta singing!
I talked at length about this, over on my post about how singing stimulates the Vagus nerve, but in short. When you sing, your body releases endorphins, (the feel-good hormones) that promote relaxation and reduce stress. It also stimulates that magical Vagus nerve, AND when you breathe out slower than when you breathe in you lower your breathing rate = you will feel less stressed.
TOP TIP: Just get on with your singing.
Improved Breathing and Lung Function
Singing involves controlled breathing, which is great exercise for your lungs. Because we are controlling the out breath, we are holding onto more air than we usually would when speaking. This increases our lung capacity and efficiency – when they say swimming is good for Asthma, so is singing.
Boosted Immune System
The increased airflow and deep breathing associated with singing helps to move more oxygen around the body, promoting overall well-being. Additionally, singing in a group setting can foster a sense of community, which has also been linked to a stronger immune system.
Enhanced Posture and Core Strength
Good posture is crucial for singing, as it allows for optimal airflow and, well you just can’t sing well looking like a turtle. Regularly practicing correct posture for your body style while singing can lead to improved overall posture in your daily life. Although I don’t often talk about this in class (because I don’t want you to think about sucking in your tums) singing engages many of the core muscles, although we won’t get a 6 pack from it, you will strengthen your core and trunk.
Mental and Emotional Well-being
When you sing, your brain releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. This natural high can elevate your mood, reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, and improve overall mental well-being.
TOP TIP: When you are feeling down, try singing to get yourself out of the funk.
Learning and remembering lyrics, melodies, and harmonies can provide an excellent cognitive workout. Singing challenges your memory and helps improve your brain’s capacity for processing information, making it a fun and engaging way to keep your mind sharp.
Confidence and Self-Expression
Whether you’re performing on a stage or singing at home, expressing yourself through song can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. Singing allows you to connect with your emotions and share your feelings with others, fostering a sense of empowerment and authenticity.
You also have to stand there and present yourself to an audience (scary stuff) so this helps to build your confidence in public.
Singing isn’t just a about producing a good sound; it’s a powerful tool for improving your overall health and well-being. From reducing stress and boosting immunity to enhancing posture and cognitive function, the benefits of singing are HUGE!
So, the next time you feel like humming a tune or breaking into song, don’t hold back!
Embrace the joy of singing and let it contribute to a healthier, happier you.