Stop running. Study shows cardio strength from singing

Did you know that singing is one of the best exercises you can do for not only your vocal strength but also for your cardiovascular and pulmonary systems?

A study conducted by Wan and colleagues in 2012 demonstrated that when compared with people who don’t sing, those that sang everyday had significantly better cardiophysiological fitness. The┬ástudy demonstrated that the regular and more intense singers had significantly better functioning pulmonary systems than those who sang less frequently and at a lesser intensity.

From a physiological perspective, singing improves coordination of laryngeal function and vocal fold vibration. This is particularly important for good quality, clear and articulated speech. Furthermore from a communication perspective, singing allows for easier production of language.

This aspect of singing becomes of more importance for those who may have language and speech concerns such as stuttering. Singing can provide an easier way to communicate through specific singing language characteristics such as, increased connectedness between syllables and words, decreased production rate and increased awareness of individual phonemes (Wan, 2010).

So put that favourite song on and get singing! Sing with gusto and sing with the awareness that you are singing your way to better cardiovascular and pulmonary health.

(Wan, C., Runer, T., Hohmann, A., & Schlaug, G. (2010). Therapeutic effects of singing. Music Perception, 27(4), 287-295).

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