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Belt Out a Song For Better Health





BELT OUT A SONG FOR BETTER HEALTH

A Guest Post by Linda Septien of Septien Entertainment



Opening our mouths for a bite of the proverbial “apple a day” has its place—but to really keep the doctor away, we should open wide and let out some songs. Why? Because singing has numerous health benefits, recent research shows.

I rang up Michael Miller, MD, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical System, who has researched music’s health effects, to discuss the specifics. He pointed out that singing’s positive effects are both psychological and physical. For instance, bursting into song can…

  • Make you happier and more relaxed. It boosts production of the feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins…and reduces blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol that is associated with anxiety and depression. Singing also encourages a breathing pattern—with a shorter inhalation and longer exhalation—that promotes relaxation. What’s more, songs with personal significance can help you recall positive memories and emotions.
  • Promote cardiovascular health. Again, endorphins get the credit—because their release causes blood vessels to dilate, allowing blood to flow more easily and reducing blood pressure, Dr. Miller said. For best effect, choose joyful songs, not mournful tunes.
  • Provide aerobic and respiratory benefits. Singing requires you to take deep breaths. This increases levels of oxygen in the bloodstream, promoting mental alertness…helps clear respiratory tubes and sinuses…and increases your lung capacity.
  • Build strength. The muscles of your chest, abdomen, back and face all get a workout when you sing your heart out.

How much should you sing? The more the better! To mix more melody-making into your day…

Think of the world as your stage. You can croon just about anywhere—not only in the bathroom as you shower, but also in the kitchen while you’re cooking, in the car on your way to work or wherever else the urge strikes.

Be a songwriter. Don’t worry if you can’t remember the words to your favorite songs. Exercise your creativity by making up your own lyrics…or just sing nonsense syllables for the fun of it.

Join a musical group. This has the advantage of assuring that singing becomes part of your regular schedule, and it may lead to new friendships and an increased sense of community. So check out the opportunities with a local musical theater troupe, church choir or amateur band.

Try karaoke. Many karaoke machines for home use are available at electronics stores, mass merchandisers and online. To check out some options, visit www.KaraokeMachineReviews.org. When you’re ready to go public, Google “karaoke” plus the name of your town to find local venues that host karaoke nights.



What do Demi Lovato, Forever The Sickest Kids, BeyonceJessica Simpson,Selena Gomez,Cody Lindley and Nick Lachey have in common?  All of these performers, along with stars from Glee, Disney and well-known movies and tv shows, have studied with Linda Septien at Septien Entertainment’s School of Contemporary Music.  For 25 years they've helped countless artists define their style and perfect their craft.  



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