You don’t have to be a Mariah Carey or a Pavarotti to reap the potential health benefits of singing. In fact, a study of people who participated in group or choir singing found that the participants benefited from the act of singing no matter what their level of performance was.1 In short, the most beneficial part of the activity was revealed to be the singing itself.
So, let’s take a look at how singing might be able to support your overall health, and some great places to start practicing.
Potential Benefits Of Singing: Physical Health
Research shows the act of singing may be able to support the following:
The University of Frankfurt in Germany recently researched the effect of singing on the body’s immune system. This study determined that more helpful antibodies were found in test subjects’ bodies after singing than after merely listening to music.2
Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system that are used to identify foreign objects such as bacteria or viruses.3
Singing well requires good posture. That’s because it helps optimize your breathing and helps to improve the sound of your voice.4 And as an added bonus for your health, correct posture can help minimize the strain on your body.5
Therefore, by practicing good posture for singing, you may also be supporting your overall health!
Breathing And Respiratory Health
A recent study on asthma and singing has shown that singing may help with breathing and respiratory health.6
Snoring And Sleep Issues
A study in the United Kingdom suggests that singing may be able to help with snoring and sleep issues. Here’s why. See, narrowing of the pharyngeal muscles in your throat can reduce airflow during sleep — which can be associated with loud snoring. But singing can strengthen the pharyngeal muscles. As a result, you may experience less snoring as you sleep!
Singing may be able to support healthy blood circulation. See, when you sing, you pull in high amounts of oxygen, which in turn can lead to increased stamina and aerobic capacity. This can help oxygen in the bloodstream reach the brain more effectively.7
Potential Benefits Of Singing: Mental Health
Sure, performance singing might make some people feel a bit anxious, but a study at the University of Frankfurt has determined that active participation in music, such as singing in a band or joining a community choir, may support a positive mood and feelings of overall well-being.8
Healthy Oxytocin Levels
Oxytocin is a hormone released in the brain that is often accompanied by a pleasant feeling or a surge of wellbeing.9 It can promote social bonding and is also referred to as “the cuddle hormone” or “the love hormone. Research shows that singing supports healthy levels of oxytocin in the brain. This can help lead to more feelings of relaxation and positive energy.10
Great Places To Sing
You don’t have to be on stage at Carnegie Hall to reap the health benefits of singing. You don’t even have to be in front of a crowd at all. Many people strut their vocal stuff all by themselves, while others prefer to join a choir. There really is no wrong way to sing!
Here are some great places to sing, either socially or solo:
Community Choirs Or Musicals
Joining a musical production or choir is a great way to be social while singing. You’ll have the chance to work those vocals, meet some like-minded people and even form new friendships.
In The Shower Or In The Car
If you are more of a solo vocal performer, singing in the shower or while driving your car can be fun. Plus, you can really flex your lung power and hit the high notes without worrying about pleasing all the critics out there.
Voice lessons may be a good way to improve your vocal technique, range, and style. A vocal coach or instructor may be able to help you improve across many levels. Voice lessons can also help boost your confidence, lower stress levels, improve your breathing, and help you with posture.11
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
As you can see, singing has many potential health benefits. If you are looking for a new hobby, try lifting up your voice. And if you like the way you feel, just keep singing!