Health benefits of correct singing
Is Singing Good For Your Health?
Do you know that singing is actually good for your health and even make you live longer? The National Charity, Heart Research Of United Kingdom wants to get everybody to be singing from 8-15 December 2008 to help raise funds to find cures for heart diseases and also because the charity believes that there are evidence to show that singing is good for you.
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Professor Graham Welch, who is the Chairman of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for more than three decades.
He said, "The health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological. Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community bonding, belonging and shared endeavor."
According to a research conducted by leading singing teacher and singer Helen Astrid, from The Helen Astrid Singing Academy in London, regular vocal cord exercises are also believed to prolong life.
This was what she said, "Singing is an excellent way to keep fit because you are exercising your lungs and heart (cardio vascular exercise). Furthermore, your body produces endorphins (feel good hormones), just like when you eat a bar of chocolate except that with singing is that you won’t consume any extra calories! Singing not only increases your lung capacity, it improves posture, clears respiratory tubes and sinuses and can even increase mental alertness through greater oxygenation. Singing regularly also tone and firm up your abdominal muscles and back. However, that is if you are singing correctly.”
"Another benefit of singing is that it can keep you looking young since you are gently exercising your facial muscles" added Helen who looks more than a decade younger than her age.
According to the findings of a joint study conducted by Harvard and Yale, singing can even helps you live longer. The study showed that choral singing increased the life expectancy of the population of New Haven, Connecticut. This report concluded that this was because singing promotes a healthy heart and an enhanced mental state.
So if singing is really good for your health, then let’s have fun and keep fit by singing more regularly. Remember the song by Helen Reddy "Keep On Singing"? Click here to get a good singing voice to sing beautifully.