Sitting at your desk all day doesn’t constitute a very healthy lifestyle, often making you gain weight and giving you a feeling of sluggishness. Of course, you can go to the gym on a regular basis to improve your fitness, but you can also try and improve your fitness by singing!
I don’t mean that you should break out into song at your desk, but joining a choir is a great way to add another dimension to your life and get fit. So instead of going straight home after work and sitting down in front of the TV at night, why not join our choir?
How can you improve your fitness by singing?
Singing helps to improve your cardiovascular and respiratory systems, as well as lose some weight. Studies have found that singers have stronger chest walls and more efficient heart function when compared to people who don’t sing, and their lung capacity and lung volume are also greater than non-singers.
Singing also burns fat at the rate of 140 calories an hour for a 150-pound singer, if they sing standing up! So you are not only healthier, but you can lose weight as well.
Join our choir!
Our singing involves “movement to music” because I encourage our singers to move to music, in accordance with how they “feel” when they sing. Standing still like a statue doesn’t really allow a singer to express what they FEEL in the story of the song, and that is essentially what we become – we become storytellers, and in moving to the music, we increase our fitness without even realising it.
Another side of learning a song is learning to breathe properly. To achieve this goal, I ask singers to properly phrase their music by taking a breath at the end of each phrase, not during the phrase. Sometimes this also means that you need to learn how to breathe deeply and smoothly, so that you sing through each phrase, instead of gulping air during the phrase. This simple practice also develops our fitness.