The Benefits of Singing

Tamia Streeter, Feature Editor

Whether you sing professionally or you casually sing in the shower, you may be improving your health. Singing has been proven to provide physical, mental and social health benefits.

A study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of music found that singing can strengthen your immune system. The study tested 193 choir members.

The members gave samples of their saliva before and after signing for an hour. The samples showed an increase in immune activity after the hour of singing.

Singing can serve as a workout. Although this may not promote weight loss, it has cardiovascular benefits. When you exhale, your core muscles contract until you exhale again. So the more air you push out, the more your abdominal muscles work.

Singing also has mental and emotional benefits. Singing releases endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters that make you feel happier. Furthermore, it acts as a stress reliever. Research shows that  singing eases muscle tension and decreases the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol.

In addition, singing also has social benefits. It can allow to make more friends, boosts your confidence, and improve your communication skills. When you go to spaces like choir and open mics you open your opportunities to make new friends that share the same passion for singing and music as you.

Listening for certain keys and correct pitch is an essential part of singing. Strengthening your listening skills in singing can also strengthen them in conversation.

Belting a tune or humming along to a song is more beneficial than you would think. But after practicing for awhile you’ll feel the rewards.