Singing can help your health in more ways than you think...
You may think that singing is just a fun pastime, but it's so much more than that. At the start of the year we launched our 'sing for your six pack' campaign, highlighting all the awesome mental and physical benefits that singing offers. But all the good stuff doesn't stop here, oh no.
Welsh charity Tenovus Cancer Care teamed up with Royal College of Music and Imperial College, to conduct a survey on choir singing and the effects it has on a person's health...in particular patients with cancer. It has been revealed that singing can have a positive impact on your immune system, especially in a choir.
193 singers across five different choirs were used for the study, all of whom have been affected by cancer, albeit personally or immediate friends and family. They sung for a 70-minute session and tests were run on the individuals after. The research concludes that the singers have a lower level of cortisol, stress hormone, as well as an elevated mood AND an increase in immune and inflammatory proteins. Phew! That's a lot of positives! The immune and inflammatory proteins are particularly important for fighting serious illnesses, such as cancer among others.
It's becoming prominent in the media now that singing is not just a 'fun' activity. Starling Arts choir, who run our BYO Baby events, hosted a TEDx talk at the end of last year discussing how singing with others is uplifting and a powerful tool that improves well-being along with mental and physical health. It's well worth a watch:
Whether you're in recovery from an illness or just want all those feel-good feels, we recommend researching your local choirs and heading down to see what it's all about. If you're a bit worried about singing in public (perhaps your vocal chords are shy?) then sing at home as loud as you like with our online karaoke player! Alternatively, grab your friends and head to one of our karaoke bars for a fun group singalong session, Lucky Voice style!
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