Whether it’s singing at a concert, in the shower or whilst sat at traffic lights it’s no secret that everyone loves to exercise those vocal chords every now and again, and people are being told to keep it up as a way to remain healthy!
We definitely know the benefits of a good sing song here at the choir, and this year we are celebrating our 116th year. Among our members are those who’ve stuck around for nearly 40 years, so being part of a choir is clearly addictive, as well as being very good for the soul. Here’s why…
Better sleep for you (and your partner) Physically, singing can improve your sleep; research has shown a set of daily vocal exercises can often strengthen a weak throat as well as your palate muscles which are known to be significant causes of snoring. Your Mrs will thank you for taking up the new hobby!
Stronger (and more toned) body It’s what everyone wishes for! Involving yourself in a choir can be of huge benefit to your hearts and circulation by improving your aerobic capacity and decreasing muscle tension. Singing also improves posture and the weekly practices consistently exercise the mouth area so facial muscles are toned up too! Previous scientific studies at Frankfurt University in Germany have also found that singing helps your immune system giving it a boost to help fight against disease. Looks like the gym isn’t the only place to get a workout!
Happier outlook Even better news is the decrease in depression, as during singing the body releases pain relieving endorphins to give a positive boost to mentality. Music itself stimulates specific parts of the brain responsible for concentration and memory, so next time you’re thinking about where you put the car keys, don’t dismay, your musical mental workout will have helped you remember!
Stress busting Singing doesn’t just have a positive impact physically, but it can also increase a person’s self- esteem and confidence as well as being a useful stress reducer. Researchers at a University in Sweden found that when choristers sing together their heartbeats synchronise – giving a calming effect that is as beneficial to your health as yoga!
Helps you make new friends Rarely do we see people coming together for a good old sing song these days, so joining a choir is a great way to make new friends and guarantee that your 2016 social diary is jam-packed! Scientists have actually found that singing groups bond much more quickly than any other social activity group.
Why not come along and improve your health? We meet every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm – 9.40pm in the Grimshaw Room at the back of St Chad’s Cathedral. Parking is off Shadwell Street. Call 0121 358 1740 for more information.