Since the day I started playing guitar and piano I almost always used to sing, even though I was terrible at it. And I’m still quite terrible, but that does not stop me from doing it when nobody is watching. There is something about singing that just makes us feel good, and it is one of the most enjoyable activities you can engage in. No wonder just about everybody loves singing in the shower… Today I will show you some surprisingly cool advantages and health benefits of singing:
1. Singing is scientifically proven to improve your mood, make you happy and more relaxed
It releases the same feel-good brain chemicals as chocolate! Endorphins and Oxytocin are a very powerful combination that will make you happy, reduce stress and ease any pain you might be suffering from.
2. It’s an actual workout, and a really good one
Through singing and proper breathing, you are having a great aerobic workout. Yes, the one that works on the lungs… If you don’t believe it, try for yourself to sing for 30 minutes and see how great you feel afterwards, or ask any performing singer (even if it’s the local choir singer) how he feels after a two hour performance. Now seriously, find an empty space and just go and sing your favourite songs as if you’re the band leader. Put the actual songs in the background if it gets you in the mood, and let us know how it felt…
3. Your everyday posture will become better
And you’ll look more impressive. The most basic singing 101 is to always make sure you stand / sit straight and in a correct posture. When you get this right and keep practising it regularly, it will also “spread” to your everyday routines.
4. Your breathing will become more efficient and you will be more vital
When you are more efficient it means you get more oxygen, more oxygen means you are less tired and enjoy increased vitality! Unfortunately, it’s a fact that most of us just breathe incorrectly and in a shallow way. Partly because of the everyday life hurries and stresses, and partly just because we never practised doing it in the most efficient way, even if it sounds like something so simple and obvious. Singing will help you fix it!
5. Singing boosts your immune system
By helping to fight disease and prolonging life expectancy! When you start singing along to your instruments, you take yourself up a notch as a musician and as an entertainer. And when you get good at it, people will WANT to listen to you! This makes your mind feel stronger and thus produces even more of those immune system proteins that you need.
6. When you sing along with your instrument you are more interesting for the listeners
And everybody can learn how to sing and play, so why not?
7. Singing will get you to the front of the stage.
Even if you don’t want to become the full time lead vocalist in your band, decent singing skills can let you jump to the front for a song or two occasionally, like John Frusciante does in Red Hot Chilli Peppers concerts, and he is just one example. Performing in a musical is always a great idea too!
What are you waiting for? Your singing is neat!