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11 reasons to start singing

Singing is a pastime that brings joy and positivity all over the world. It also has a brilliant multitude of positive health benefits for people of all ages, not to mention the positivity that that comes with singing the enjoyment of music. Read on to discover how singing can help you to boost your physical health, improve your neurological function and simply enjoy life more.

1.Boost your immunity

Did you know that singing is a great medicine? Singing is a brilliant way for us to become healthier and boost our immunity, as it actually increases the protein in our system that aids in antibody production, which in turn boosts our immune systems. This means that when we sing we are actually engaging in making ourselves healthier!

2.Improve your posture

Another surprising physical health benefit of singing is its role in improving posture, particularly when standing.  When singing, it is important to stand up straight with shoulders back as part of the correct technique. This alone will, over time, help to improve your posture and can stave off the slouching effect that can happen over time when we are not careful with our back, neck and shoulders. This can help to improve your mobility and posture not just now but also benefit you in later life.

3. A fun way to work out

Singing is a brilliant way to work out as it physically exercises a variety of areas during participation. It is suitable for all age ranges and physical abilities and offers an excellent workout for the lungs that can benefit even the most physically fit.  As well as expanding your lungs, singing also expands the diaphragm and boosts circulation. The aerobic exercise involved in singing can also help to increase our stamina levels. Finally, it also helps us to tone up our bodies by working our core muscles and tightening them – a fun way to work out that doesn’t even seem to require effort!

4.Sleep better

Singing can have a surprisingly positive effect on improving our sleep quality as it helps to strengthen your throat muscles, which can help to relieve issues related to sleep apnea and snoring conditions which can make it difficult to have good sleep. 

5.Reduce stress levels

Practising or listening to music is known to be relaxing and singing also helps you to reduce your stress levels by helping to release muscle tension. When you sing, you also reduce the stress in your bloodstream, as well as releasing an anti-stress hormone. This makes singing a pleasant and enjoyable way to lower your stress levels and improve your physical and mental health.

6.Be happier

Singing can also boost you and make you happier as it triggers the brain to release endorphins. These are the brain’s feel-good receptors that make you happy and more optimistic. Endorphins help to improve your mood and ease the troubles that you may be facing – so why not start singing your favourite songs now…

7.Improve mental alertness

Another fantastic health benefit of singing is that it can improve our mental acuity. Singing helps to increase your blood flow which will increase oxygen to your brain, and this improves your concentration and memory.  The same process can benefit conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

8.Singing and Parkinson’s Disease

There have been studies that have shown that singing can be used to help people with Parkinson’s Disease, and that it can increase the health and wellbeing of those with the condition. Benefits were found to include improved speech and swallowing control, with some studies reporting that singing can even help with balance.

9.Improve communication

Singing to your baby – even before it is born – can help your child get used to language, while singing at all ages is also a great tool for teaching and learning language.

Writing your own lyrics can also benefit you as it develops not just your creativity, but encourages you to improve your communication skills which are valuable in many other areas of life and can help us to develop socially and professionally.

10.Build social bonds

Of course, one of the positive benefits of singing is its ability to connect with others through a shared interest and the fun that comes with singing as a group. By joining groups, you can expand your social life and that this can decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation. Why not consider singing for a cause, for a local church or choir or even just in a group that sings for fun.

11.Boost your confidence

Stage fright is a concern of many new singers, however by practising on stage and overcoming your fear,  your skill level will improve. As you gain more experience you will not only improve your confidence on stage, but will also find that you are far more confident in general. This can help you in relationships, work and simply getting more out of life.

Lara Edwards
Community Manager and Editor of Motiv8.Me Woman. A photographer, radio presenter, poet and spoken word performer, Lara recently graduated from university with a joint honours in History & Creative Writing.

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