The only thing better than singing, is more singing. – Ella Fitzgerald
In a study directed by Dr Neil Todd it was revealed that the sacculus, an inner ear organ, helps regulate balance, appetite, libido, temperature, anger and fatigue.
So while exercise alone can boost mood, improve circadian rhythms and release endorphins, when it’s paired with music, we are more likely to extend our workouts and enjoy them more thoroughly.
Music isn’t just great to listen to. Another study, led by Björn Vickhoff, uncovered that singing is a form of controlled breathing. Since song requires a stead flow of breathing in and out at a steady pace for elongated periods of time, it is not a dissimilar technique to the practise of yoga and provides similar benefits. Helping relax the body and providing cardiovascular assistance, singing is the next exercise you might like to add to your fitness regime.
Singing also provides the body with improved immunity, reduces stress, and can lower your cortisol levels. It releases endorphins; from the pleasure of increased oxytocin, and group singing has been shown to improve a sense of belonging and connectivity to the wider community.
In 2008, a joint study by Harvard and Yale University found singing increases life expectancy!
Here’s what Naturopath Kristen Brown has to say about it:
1. When you sing you stimulate the vagus nerve that runs down the back of the sinus cavity and throat. When this nerve is stimulated it relaxes the body, naturally relieving the tension that stress can cause.
2. Singing is fun – and sometimes funny. When you participate in fun activities, your body releases endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals. This naturally improves your mood and helps to counteract the effects of the feel-bad stress chemicals circulating in your body.
3. If you can add some booty-shaking dance moves to your singing, you can further increase endorphins and elevate your heart rate. This exercise element helps to circulate the stress chemicals out of your body faster too. When stress sets in, sing it away! This works great for kids who are having tantrums or are upset too. All ages can benefit from a good singing session so belt it out even if you’re a little (or a lot) off tune!
So if you’d like to feel great, relax and live longer, start singing today!
Because if you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing!
– Melody Carstaire