Singing is Good for You!
Belting out your favorite song can feel great, but is it also very good your health and well-being
Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity. It increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting! But it’s not just the physical benefits of singing that make it great for us.
According to Dr Dianna Kenny, professor of psychology and music at the University of Sydney, singing does for the soul what food and water do for our bodies.
“We know that singing has very positive effects on people’s mood. It brings people together; it’s used in a whole range of activities, both social and personal. But in all of the major events in our lives there is singing and music,” Dr Kenny says.
“If you think about weddings, funerals, the call to battle, and the wailing of some cultures when people have died, it’s how they express their grief,” she says. “Babies love to ‘coo’ and sing in response to their mother’s voice, so it’s a very primal thing in many ways. It has an effect on our mood states, and it has an effect on who we are.”
There’s no doubt that singing can affect our mood, but can it boost our health, too?
Biological scientist Dr Sinan Ali and the Macquarie University Choir put singing to the test with the following experiment. The aim of the experiment was to test whether levels of the stress hormone cortisol would diminish in a one-hour singing rehearsal, and whether the protein immunoglobulin A, which is a marker of immunity, would increase.
Dr Ali collected a saliva sample from 10 choir members before they began rehearsals; and another saliva sample after the choir members had been rehearsing for about one hour.
The singers needed to be in a relaxed state, as performance tends to cause anxiety and therefore could alter our results, so our samples were collected at their usual Monday-night rehearsal.
Dr Ali believed that the tests would, “show us levels of the hormone and levels of the protein and from that we can infer what the level of stress and what the level of immunity may be”.
The results showed there was a reduction in cortisol and an increase in immunoglobulin A following the singing rehearsal?
The test results revealed that there was about a 40 percent reduction in the level of the stress hormone cortisol overall. The results were impressive. “Nine out of the 10 people actually showed a decrease in cortisol,” he said. “There was one individual who showed an increase but nine out of 10, that’s amazing!”
Results weren’t as obvious in relation to immunoglobulin A, with the participants registering only a slight increase in immunoglobulin A. But Dr Ali believes this was not unexpected. “We’ve had a slight increase and that’s not unexpected because it is a protein and it’s going to take a longer time period for that effect to be seen.”
Singing really can do wonders for our health and well-being, as well as help relieve stress, so don’t worry too much about what you sound like, start singing today!
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From: What’s Good For You, Channel Nine
Host: Lyndsey Rodrigues
Wednesday, July 1, 2009