Not only is singing a joyous activity, but it’s been proved to have multiple health benefits ranging from dealing with anxiety to maintaining heart and lung function, especially when singing as part of a group. Here are 10 marvellous reasons to belt your heart out:
1. A sense of community and belonging
According to a study conducted by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the heart rates of group singers actually synchronise, creating a sense of community that reduces feelings of depression and loneliness. You’ll also make new friends and generally feel happier and more fulfilled for getting out into the world and giving it a go.
2. Improved heart rate
The art of singing is based around breathing correctly, which helps regulate your pulse. This contributes to a healthier ticker, which reduces the risk of heart disease.
3. Increased lung capacity
Speaking of breathing, singing increases lung capacity and helps with deep breathing. Regular practice will alter the way you normally breath in a positive way, reducing those short chest breaths that cause knots in your shoulders.
4. Stress buster
Deep breathing will reduce your stress levels too, it’s a known tactic for squashing anxiety. A lot of singing is based on breathing technique, which contributes to a more relaxed state and focused mind.
5. Sleep well
This reduction in stress means you’ll be out like a log in no time.
6. Exercise those muscles
Although singing induces relaxation, it also lets those unfamiliar muscles get some exercise in. By enforcing correct technique, singing strengthens the diaphragm and improves muscle performance around the chest and lungs.
7. Endorphin booster
Group singing is nothing but euphoric. The feeling of belting out bangers with friends is like no other and is sure to increase your sense of happiness.
8. Look and feel more confident
It’s a vulnerable thing, singing. If you can overcome the fear of singing in front of someone else, it’ll certainly make you feel more confident and comfortable in yourself on a daily basis. Group singing is ideal for this.
9. Improve your memory
Reading and remembering lyrics will boost your creativity and enhance your memory function, contributing to a clearer head and healthier mind.
10. It’s damn fun!
It really is. With all that’s said above, the delight and fulfilment singing provides is more of a reason than any to participate.
If you’re interested in getting involved, be sure to attend our Gospel Choir Session at 3.30pm on Sundays at VoxBox Studios Camden, which is open to those who have some previous experience in singing, or join in the fun at our Beginners Singing Group, held at 12.30pm every Sunday.
Blog by Callum Sharp
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