c45(1).jpgSinging is good for you!!

I am a singer and a teacher and I definitely agree with the statement above. Singing is a great aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body.

Numerous studies have found that singing can help with asthma and bronchitis. Singing involves deep breathing which is beneficial to those suffering with asthma and bronchitis. Various muscles, such as the diaphragm, get a workout as well.

It also improves posture, increases lung capacity and it helps to tone the diaphragm, abdominal and intercostal muscles. It also helps the improve concentration and memory.

Singing is also very good for well being too. Studies have shown that singing can actually reduce stress and build self esteem.

University of North Carolina psychologist Reid Wilson believes €œyou can sing away your woes.€ Wilson, the author of Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks, suggests choosing a familiar song, and making up new lyrics that may relate to your situation. €œThe singing makes you feel ridiculous,€ he says. €œAnd it's very hard to maintain distress when you're doing something foolish. You step back from the worry and put it into perspective.€

It's also a great way to increase sociability. I am in the One Voice choir in Preston and I absolutely love the feeling of singing with others. In my opinion, there is no feeling like it and of course I have also made some great friends.

I love kids_singing2.jpgworking with young choirs too. I teach choir groups at a few schools in Lancashire and it's incredible to see the children grow in confidence - not just at singing but within their peer groups.

I also teach a junior choir at Chorley Music Centre (Albany High School) on a Monday from 3.45 - 4.30pm. This is great fun as we have lots of concerts during the year and the children get a chance to €˜show off' their skills. 

In the meantime€¦€¦.. why not get the hairbrush out and belt out your favourite tune!

Because singing is good for you!!!!

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