1. Singing strengthens your bodySinging is an aerobic activity and in many ways is a form of exercise. Like any other aerobic activity, it gets more oxygen into your bloodstream, improves your circulation, and releases endorphins that act as natural painkillers. By using the correct technique and posture when singing, you’re also strengthening muscles, including your diaphragm and your core muscles. So while you shouldn’t count on singing as a replacement for your calorie burner or weight lifting exercise, you can certainly get that “post-exercise high”, plus other tangible physical benefits after a good singing practice. As singing is a low-impact activity, the health benefits of singing daily are particularly good for the elderly and those recovering from injuries that prevent them from participating in more vigorous aerobic activities.
2. Singing reduces stressSinging is good for your mental health, too, and is great for stress management. Apart from releasing endorphins, which cause a natural, stress-reducing “high”, singing is also a mindful activity, similar to meditation, yoga or painting. It requires focus and concentration, which means focus and energy are taken away from stressors. An hour spent singing is an hour off from an overactive mind that’s constantly worried about work, relationships, money, or anything else that might be bothering you. In fact, a study from 2008 showed that because of singing effects on the brain, choral singers reported a higher than average level of overall satisfaction with life, even when facing more problems than the average population. At a time when the whole world is anxious and stressed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the psychological benefits of singing can really help.
3. Singing is good for the immune systemEver heard the saying that happy people are healthier? There is actually some scientific basis for this claim. Our bodies can heal better when we are not in a state of stress, so taking part in an activity that helps you destress is one of the best things you can do to boost your immune system. As a stress-reducing activity, singing has been shown to reduce the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increase levels of the Immunoglobin A, an antibody that plays an important role in the body’s immune function. Singing to relieve stress can be a fun, beneficial addition to your self-care routine now more than ever when everyone is worried about staying healthy and not catching COVID-19. It can be easily done at home and doesn’t require special equipment, or even a lot of space.