Singing is a great workout!
Regular exercising of the vocal chords can even prolong life,according to Helen Astrid. from the " Helen Astrid singing Academy" in West London. It's a great way to keep in shape because you are exercising your lungs and heart. Not only that, your body produces "feel good" hormones called endorphins,which rush around your body when you sing. It's exactly the same as when you eat a bar of chocolate. The good news with singing is that you don't gain any calories! Not only can it increase your lung capacity,it improves posture,clears respiratory tubesand sinuses and can increase mental alertness through greater oxygenation. It even tones the muscles of your stomach and back.
Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London,who has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for 30 years says "The health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the body, even when sitting.Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotion well being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community,belonging and shared endeavour"
The information on this web site may encourage you to start singing and come and join us at rehearsals!