Singing for health and happiness

It’s official, singing is good for you. Numerous studies show that singing benefits the body and lifts the mood at the same time. assets/images/Group-Singing.jpg

Leading vocal coach and singer Helen Astrid, from The Helen Astrid Singing Academy in London, explains.

"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 when you eat a bar of chocolate. The good news with singing is that you don’t gain any calories!"

Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, adds. “Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour."

Local singing groups

Here are a couple of internet shortcuts to help anyone keen to find out about making music with others:

Goldies Cymru, a charity that runs daytime singing and activity sessions across South Wales, was launched in 2011 and has plans for expansion.

https://www.goldiescymru.org.uk/

Singplicity runs workshops for those who might like to give their vocal chords a bit of a workout.

http://www.singplicity.org/

The DIY option

If you’re shy about singing in a group, you can benefit from a private session, and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny. Tune the radio to a station that plays the kind of music you like, or play your favourite CDs (or LPs, gaining in popularity once again; what goes around, comes around – so to speak) and sing along. It doesn’t matter if you think you can’t hold a tune when you’re singing by yourself.