There aren't many of us who don't enjoy a good old sing song, but did you know singing is actually very good for both your mental and physical health?
Perhaps that explains how some of our notoriously party loving rock stars (who shall remain nameless but gather no moss) continue to strut their stuff well into their bus pass years.
Join a choir as winter approaches and you will effectively be doing battle against the onset of colds and flu. Singing improves airflow in the upper respiratory tract which can counteract cold and flu symptoms.
It is effectively an aerobic activity which increases oxygen flow and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, it also improves the efficiency of your cardiovascular system. Aerobic activity is linked to stress reduction, longevity and better overall health.
It improves neurological functioning and physical posture. Singing makes us feel content allowing us to be less aware of our physical problems.
As far as mental health is concerned, singing allows us to forget about our worries and concentrate fully on one activity. Flooding the brain with healthy chemicals singing gives us a natural 'high.' Who hasn't experienced a certain song instantly making us feel better simply due to its association with a happy time and place?
It allows us to be part of a bigger group, raising self esteem and confidence and allows for shared emotion.
It reduces stress and can alleviate the feelings of isolation and anxiety and creates an opportunity to build new friendships.
So what's not to love? And why not get involved?
The Soul Symphony Choir comprises of all ages, the youngest being 10 and the eldest 70, from all backgrounds, from students to business owners. If you want the opportunity to find your singing voice in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, please come along for a taster rehearsal. No experience necessary, only enthusiasm. The course covers the technical aspects of singing over a range of music styles from Pop, Glee, Classical and Soul to Gospel.
Rehearsals take place every Tuesday from 28 August, for 13 weeks, 7.30pm - 9pm, at St John's Community Hall, Upper Selsdon Road, South Croydon CR2 8DD. Everybody is welcome!
Give it a try, think of the health benefits!]]>